Published Mar 20, 2013EDM giant Skrillex had already announced plans to bring his "Full Flex Express" tour back to Canada in 2013, and he even went so far as to reveal dates and begin selling advance tickets. Now, the festival has abruptly been cancelled.
Evidently the organizers experienced some logistically hiccups in recent months that made the multi-artist tour — which uses a train as its mode of transport — financially unfeasible. However, the festival may return in 2014.
Skrillex explained the reason for the cancellation in a statement on the festival's website:
It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce the Full Flex Express will not be happening in 2013. During the past 4 months we lost the train we had booked, found a new one, and then realized the cost associated with using it would put us at a huge, huge loss.
We explored every option to make the Full Flex Express happen but ultimately we could not get around these setbacks. Also, some of the acts we had in mind were unavailable and we only wanted to deliver the best of the best, which is what we think this festival should deliver.
The train is near and dear to my heart, and we have every intention of bringing it back in a massive way in 2014 (and for many years after), so please understand that we do this for you and this is just an unfortunate convergence of circumstances. Refunds will be issued at point of purchase and also to everyone who bought a ticket online.
The outing was scheduled to take place this July and run from Montreal to Vancouver with stops along the way in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary. Last year's event featured such acts as Grimes, Diplo, Pretty Lights and Skrillex himself.
This is the second major Canadian festival cancellation we've caught wind of this month, since Calgary's MTT Fest also axed its 2013 edition.
7/13 Toronto, ON
7/17 Winnipeg, MB
7/19 Calgary, AB
7/21 Vancouver, BC