Skrillex's "Full Flex Express" Show in Alberta Forced to Relocate Due to "Potential for Disaster"
Published Jun 26, 2012The train hasn't yet left the station, but the Full Flex Express Tour -- headlined by Skrillex, Grimes and Diplo -- has already run into problems, as the July 20 show in the St. Albert, AB, just outside Edmonton, has been forced to relocate.
According to authorities from St. Albert, the organizers booked the show and sold tickets before arranging the required permits. City Coun. Cathy Heron told the CBC, "When the city took a good look at what was involved and the number of people that were expected, they quickly decided that the city of St. Albert's just not prepared to deal with the kind of projected numbers that there was going to be in the city. So we denied any permit."
The relatively small city was reportedly unprepared for a massive influx of concertgoers to its Kinsmen Park. "The potential for disaster was just too big," Heron said. "They didn't give us a lot of time."
Luckily, it looks as if organizer Union has been able to secure a new venue, albeit a possibly smaller one. The promoter wrote in an official statement, "We have a confirmed venue to host the event in the City of Edmonton, but due to capacity constraints, we continue our discussions with several other sites that have the ability to host the originally anticipated number of attendees that wish to experience this groundbreaking event. We anticipate making an announcement later this week with revised venue details. If any customers are unable to attend the event at the new venue, we will be offering full refunds at point of purchase. Tickets will remain onsale through all vendors at this time as the event will still be held as scheduled."
Read the full statement here, and stay tuned for updates about where the show will be moved to.