Bristol residents woke up to a nasty surprise this morning as they emerged weary and blinking eyed into the world after a long bank holiday weekend featuring both Love Saves the Day and Dot-to-Dot Festival, to find that Bristol’s metal-heavy Temples Festival, due to take place at Motion on 3-5 June, has been cancelled with only a few days notice.
The blow was of course also dealt to rock and metal fans around the world, with the three-year-old festival attracting people from all corners due to its unique and ambitious line-up with big-deal acts like Mayhem, Melvins and Carcass due to headline Temples 2016.
Full refunds are being offered to ticket holders, but those who had booked flights, travel and accommodation were (understandably) angry at the announcement that festival organiser Francis Mace posted on the Temples Festival event page on Monday.
Read the full statement from Temples Festival below:
Acts including Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Weekend Nachos (who publicly called the festival out for poor organisation) had already begun to pull out from the festival in the run up, signaling trouble, but just days prior to the announcement, Temples posted stages and set times, so the cancellation of the entire festival came as a surprise.
However, it seems that there’s still a lot of love for this festival, with people coming out in streams to support Mace and Temples Festival as a whole, praising Mace for a valuable contribution to the UK’s rock and metal festival scene, which are (comparatively) few and far between.
Nonetheless, the abrupt cancellation of the almost 1,500 capacity festival has left not just masses of punters but also dozens of bands that were booked to play void of plans for the weekend.
Luckily, a small consolation comes from Bristol venue The Fleece, who have stepped up to offer a one-dayer alternative, featuring a few of the acts previously booked to play Temples. Acts so far announced are: Bongripper, Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Ramesses, Arabrot, ACxDC and Boak, with a promise of more events across the weekend to be announced. Fair play, Fleece.