Scouting for Girls drop out of Colchester music festival

Scouting for Girls

Scouting for Girls

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INDIE rock band Scouting for Girls have dropped out of Colchester’s I Am Music festival.

The group, whose hit singles include She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead, were due to play the festival in Castle Park on Saturday.

But this morning they took to the social networking site Twitter to announce they would not be able to perform.

They tweeted: “Morning all. We’re really gutted to announce that due to circumstances out of our control we aren’t performing at Colchester this Saturday.”

They then sent a second tweet reading: "Nothing to do with us! Due to the promoter of the event. We’re all fine and off to play Lincoln Uni tonight :)."

Other acts which will perform at the festival include Chipmunk, Union J and Great Totham’s Sam Callahan.

Were you due to watch the boys this weekend? Share your thoughts on the cancellation by calling 01206508432 or emailing zoe.forsey@nqe.com.

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12:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

wormshero says...

Oh c'mon, let's not call them an indie rock band, there's no element of rock or indie to their music.

I'm sure there's a valid explanation to what happened, perhaps the promoters couldn't meet the demands of the contract if ticket sales were poor. Personally I still think their awful poster just gives off an amateur feel to the whole thing - they've clearly tried to save some money when someone has said they can handle it and I can only presume that person has never designed anything before, it kind of offends the eyes. Loads of great talent locally, wouldn't have cost them much, would have given them a far better image. I still wish them luck in resolving this, god knows putting on live entertainment is hard work and given the amount some of these acts hope to get and it's an outdoor event, ticketed, so security and infrastructure costs, they stand to loose a lot if it does badly. Even with the sponsors, added to the poster with complete disregard for design decency.
Oh c'mon, let's not call them an indie rock band, there's no element of rock or indie to their music. I'm sure there's a valid explanation to what happened, perhaps the promoters couldn't meet the demands of the contract if ticket sales were poor. Personally I still think their awful poster just gives off an amateur feel to the whole thing - they've clearly tried to save some money when someone has said they can handle it and I can only presume that person has never designed anything before, it kind of offends the eyes. Loads of great talent locally, wouldn't have cost them much, would have given them a far better image. I still wish them luck in resolving this, god knows putting on live entertainment is hard work and given the amount some of these acts hope to get and it's an outdoor event, ticketed, so security and infrastructure costs, they stand to loose a lot if it does badly. Even with the sponsors, added to the poster with complete disregard for design decency. wormshero
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Most likely due to ticket sales. Bit over the top compared to the outstanding free festival that have been held in previous years at castle park.

Family ticket £124.00 and your children need to be under 12 to qualify for that and no entry after 1700 and no re admission so your at the mercy of the overpriced food drink stalls once your in.
Most likely due to ticket sales. Bit over the top compared to the outstanding free festival that have been held in previous years at castle park. Family ticket £124.00 and your children need to be under 12 to qualify for that and no entry after 1700 and no re admission so your at the mercy of the overpriced food drink stalls once your in. sam vines
  • Score: 8

1:42pm Thu 24 Jul 14

wormshero says...

sam vines wrote:
Most likely due to ticket sales. Bit over the top compared to the outstanding free festival that have been held in previous years at castle park.

Family ticket £124.00 and your children need to be under 12 to qualify for that and no entry after 1700 and no re admission so your at the mercy of the overpriced food drink stalls once your in.
Wow, hadn't noticed the entry rules, that's ridiculous. I go to around 30 festivals/all-dayers a year and haven't come across such restrictions.
I appreciate that they have to charge to bring fairly expensive acts (I think the free festival's main expense is the stage/setup and the security (although the security at a ticketed event will no doubt be far larger in number) and it's done by fundraising. I do think given the ticket charge that then closing the gates at 5pm (!) and not allowing re-entry is pretty disgusting. I don't really rate not being allowed to bring in any food or drink either. I'm guessing the charge to run a stall is pretty high if they're promising people will have to eat/drink food on site. Tempted to nip down and see how busy it looks now.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Most likely due to ticket sales. Bit over the top compared to the outstanding free festival that have been held in previous years at castle park. Family ticket £124.00 and your children need to be under 12 to qualify for that and no entry after 1700 and no re admission so your at the mercy of the overpriced food drink stalls once your in.[/p][/quote]Wow, hadn't noticed the entry rules, that's ridiculous. I go to around 30 festivals/all-dayers a year and haven't come across such restrictions. I appreciate that they have to charge to bring fairly expensive acts (I think the free festival's main expense is the stage/setup and the security (although the security at a ticketed event will no doubt be far larger in number) and it's done by fundraising. I do think given the ticket charge that then closing the gates at 5pm (!) and not allowing re-entry is pretty disgusting. I don't really rate not being allowed to bring in any food or drink either. I'm guessing the charge to run a stall is pretty high if they're promising people will have to eat/drink food on site. Tempted to nip down and see how busy it looks now. wormshero
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

romantic says...

I live very close to the park and the first I knew about this was a letter through my door yesterday saying there would be a music festival. I thought, "Ooh, that looks interesting, maybe I'll stop by on Saturday and have a look". But then checked it out a bit and discovered it's £40 a ticket! Seriously? Hadn't really got as far as seeing the no entry after 1700 and no re-admission bit. So, you've spent your £40 and get there early, then you're stuck with plastic glasses of beer and overpriced burgers for the next 13 hours. Well, that's got to be another £30 on top easily, especially on a hot sunny day.

I have no idea how many tickets have been sold for this, but have some major doubts about who their market is. In the past few years, we've had various tribute acts playing in the park and I think they charged up to maybe £25 on the door (I don't know exactly, but that's ball-park). But they are selling to an older audience with more money. This seems squarely aimed at a youth market, but with no really big names. Scouting for Girls was their biggest name, but their peak was at least 5 years ago. Are sufficient numbers going to part with £40 for this to break even?

wormshero, you're right about the poster! It screams out "amateurs". My fear is that there will be a hot and dehydrated crowd, forced to pay £5 a beer because they won't be let back on, suddenly realising at about 8.00 that there is no headliner and that they've paid £40 plus food plus travel costs plus drinks to stand in a park for the last 12 hours watching C-list acts who came 4th on X-Factor (Rough Copy). Those people are not going to be happy bunnies when they come out!

As I'm older than the target audience, I'm not fully surprised that I didn't know anything about this, but on the other hand, for any other events that go on, there have always been people saying "I'm going to that" or mentioning it. My kids are the target age and they've never mentioned it and didn't know about it. Either they've got very niche marketing, or no marketing at all...

I do hope I'm wrong and I get a nice free festival in the background from my back garden, with thousands of youngsters having a great night!
I live very close to the park and the first I knew about this was a letter through my door yesterday saying there would be a music festival. I thought, "Ooh, that looks interesting, maybe I'll stop by on Saturday and have a look". But then checked it out a bit and discovered it's £40 a ticket! Seriously? Hadn't really got as far as seeing the no entry after 1700 and no re-admission bit. So, you've spent your £40 and get there early, then you're stuck with plastic glasses of beer and overpriced burgers for the next 13 hours. Well, that's got to be another £30 on top easily, especially on a hot sunny day. I have no idea how many tickets have been sold for this, but have some major doubts about who their market is. In the past few years, we've had various tribute acts playing in the park and I think they charged up to maybe £25 on the door (I don't know exactly, but that's ball-park). But they are selling to an older audience with more money. This seems squarely aimed at a youth market, but with no really big names. Scouting for Girls was their biggest name, but their peak was at least 5 years ago. Are sufficient numbers going to part with £40 for this to break even? wormshero, you're right about the poster! It screams out "amateurs". My fear is that there will be a hot and dehydrated crowd, forced to pay £5 a beer because they won't be let back on, suddenly realising at about 8.00 that there is no headliner and that they've paid £40 plus food plus travel costs plus drinks to stand in a park for the last 12 hours watching C-list acts who came 4th on X-Factor (Rough Copy). Those people are not going to be happy bunnies when they come out! As I'm older than the target audience, I'm not fully surprised that I didn't know anything about this, but on the other hand, for any other events that go on, there have always been people saying "I'm going to that" or mentioning it. My kids are the target age and they've never mentioned it and didn't know about it. Either they've got very niche marketing, or no marketing at all... I do hope I'm wrong and I get a nice free festival in the background from my back garden, with thousands of youngsters having a great night! romantic
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

irememberwhen says...

It's overpriced with muppets who think they are still relavent. IMHO.
It's overpriced with muppets who think they are still relavent. IMHO. irememberwhen
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

DONTMATTERWHOIAM says...

not being funny but the event is for a good cause its a anti weapons awareness charity and to me that is a brilliant cause at the minute considering that there is so much of it happeing, me being someone that has lost someone due to knife crime i am happy to attend and show my support the quicker we get the word out, scummy mugs will stop carryin weapons!!!!
not being funny but the event is for a good cause its a anti weapons awareness charity and to me that is a brilliant cause at the minute considering that there is so much of it happeing, me being someone that has lost someone due to knife crime i am happy to attend and show my support the quicker we get the word out, scummy mugs will stop carryin weapons!!!! DONTMATTERWHOIAM
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

HappeninDude says...

Good cause or not, if the event isn't even able to cover its own costs, there won't be much, if anything left to give to the charities, regardless of how great their causes are.
Good cause or not, if the event isn't even able to cover its own costs, there won't be much, if anything left to give to the charities, regardless of how great their causes are. HappeninDude
  • Score: 7

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