Fabric’s EXODUS Festival Canceled Amidst Headwinds

June 05, 2023
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Fabric’s ambitious venture, the debut of the EXODUS Festival, withdrew from the 2023 summer calendar. Event organizers quoted high production costs and insufficient ticket sales as the reasons behind the hiatus, saying they’re not “in a position to deliver the high-quality event you would expect from us.” 

The club’s first-ever outdoor festival was scheduled to take place on July 8th and 9th at Essex’s Kelvedon Hall.

More than a music event, the two-day fest would have celebrated fabric’s enduring legacy with a lineup that featured high-profile regulars like Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, and Craig Richards. 

But a social media announcement revealing feasibility issues stopped the music before it began. In a move similar to the decision to delay fabric’s 1999 opening, organizers prioritized quality and getting things “totally right.” 

“The event has carried important lessons for us and we remain incredibly excited about the project. In the meantime we are working on more options to bring the fabric community together to enjoy music in new ways and settings soon.”

Despite the unfortunate cancellation, the management has committed to the electronic-loving community. Organizers refunded ticket holders and offered them free entry and a complimentary drink at fabric for EXODUS’ dates.

The unfortunate cancellation echoes the broader context of the UK festival industry, which has been navigating stormy waters recently. 

Like 1 Big Summer and Chagstock Festival, EXODUS joined the list of casualities caused by skyrocketing costs and pandemic-induced uncertainties.

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