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Shining Announces The Tattoo The Mind Festival Has Been Canceled

Sweden's Shining has issued the following announcement about the Tattoo The Mind Festival being canceled:

"Regrettably we have been informed by the organizers that the Tattoo the Mind festival, which was due to take place on the 10th and 11th of October in Metz, has had to be canceled. Once more we have to apologize to our fans that due to circumstances beyond our control they will not be able to see us play. However, we would like to say that the organizers of Tattoo the Mind have been very correct and honest in their dealings with us, and we understand their position and hope that they will be back next year. Below we have included the basic text of their email regarding the cancellation (excluding parts that relate to business matters):

'As the organizer and producer of the TATTOO THE MIND Festival taking place the 10th & 11th of October in Metz (France), I make my own duty to give you some information about its progressing through this mail.

'Only 13 days to the opening of the doors and the few pre-sales we have already scored until today for this event has been becoming very worrying. We have sold 360 one-day tickets (for the 10th AND 11th of October altogether) + 210 two-day packages. Hence an average of less than 400 per day (or 800 for both days altogether) !!!

'Yet, this festival reaches its economical balance with 4500 people coming and accumulated on both days (naturally, you have at your disposal the budget of the festival but also the current score of pre-sales). The daily evolution of sales tends sadly to be rather unconvincing.

'Therefore, we have thoughtfully and reasonably decided that canceling the festival has become necessary. The amount of loss to come would make us unable to cope financially with our expenses and to be sure to pay every fee for instance.

'I let you imagine the amount of our loss, if finally only 2000 people come these two days (hence a loss corresponding to 2500 paying tickets).

'Of course, I can imagine your disappointment and even more, but be sure that this decision is not easy way to escape from our commitments. Regarding to the figures, it is obvious that the feasibility of this festival is called into question. That is why we rely on your comprehension (…) We do regret the current progressing of the situation and offer our apologies for this annoyance. Yours sincerely, William Munerato'

"If you have bought tickets for Tattoo The Mind please contact your point of sale directly regarding refunds. SHINING is not involved in ticket sales and we will not be able to help you. "

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