Skrillex announced yesterday that he would be cancelling his second annual festival-by-train, Full Flex Express. The tour which was meant to ride the Canadian rails this July is inspired by the trail that was taken by Janis Joplin. The tour was the brainchild of the DJ and was supported by many artists including Diplo, Grimes, Pretty Lights, and Tokimonsta. The line up for this year’s tour had yet to be announced, but the tickets for it had already begun to be sold back in October.
It appears that some major derailing got in the way of this year’s festivities. First they found out that the train that they had reserved all of a sudden became unavailable but then the replacement they hoped to get was too expensive. Following that, the artist that they had hoped to get on board all of a sudden also became unavailable.
Skirllex says that he hopes to be able to bring the tour back in 2014, because it looks like 2013 is not going to happen, at all. The EDM megastar posted the following on the Full Flex Express Facebook:
“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.”