Things were looking good for Ultra Music Festival’s first outing to Poland. The epic Miami-based festival announced it was expanding internationally for the first time ever earlier this year, bringing the winning Ultra formula to Europe for the Northern Summer. With big names like Tiesto, Avicii andAbove & Beyond sitting alongside Richie Hawtin, John Digweed and Adam Beyer, Ultra’s Warsaw edition had both the bankable and less-commercial boxes very nicely ticked.
But just a week out from the inaugural Polish event kicking off, Ultra has announced that the festival has been cancelled. “It is with our deepest regret that UMF must notify our loyal fans that UMF Poland, scheduled for July 13th and 14th in Warsaw, has been cancelled,” came UMF’s official statement, released last night.
The reason behind the cancellation seems to be down to the Polish promoters not fulfilling their end of the deal. “The local promoter, SRO Festivals (SRO), and some of its affiliates, confirmed that they would be unable to meet and perform certain vital contractual obligations essential to successfully producing the UMF Poland event. UMF has since terminated our relationship with SRO as a result of these unforeseen and ill-fated developments,” the statement explained. “Delivering UMF’s signature production and ultimate fan experience are components upon which UMF is never prepared to compromise.”
Of course, it’s sad news for the hordes planning to hit Warsaw next week. There’s been no official word on how many had bought tickets to the event – but given the Warsaw venue is twice the size of UMF Miami’s venue Bayfront Park, it’s a safe bet there’s a lot of very disappointed Europeans right now.