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Secret Garden Party comments on Clean Bandit cancellation

By | Published on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Clean Bandit

Secret Garden Party chief Freddie Fellowes has commented on the decision to cancel Clean Bandit’s Sunday night set at his festival. Initially it was reported that this had been at the request of headliner Regina Spektor, though that was seemingly not the case.

Fellowes told CMU: “After such an amazing, life affirming and love filled party in the garden I am very sorry and sad to read the commentaries online regarding Regina Spektor and Clean Bandit. It’s even more regrettable, as they are based on a misunderstanding. Quite simply, the events did not happen as reported online and I am here to set the record straight”.

He continued: “Regina Spektor was not aware of the decision to ask Clean Bandit to step down. We made the decision ourselves. The reason we took this awful choice was based on the duty of honour we undertook once we booked Regina to headline Sunday night. Namely, as an artist who performs on grand piano we owe it to her and her festival audience to ensure that her performance is presented in the manner and quality we all deserve”.

Finally, he concluded: “Regrettably, despite all advance planning and consultation, unexpected meteorological conditions on the day meant we wouldn’t be able to fulfil our obligation without taking the drastic steps of having to ask Clean Bandit to step down. Both Regina Spektor and Clean Bandit have a long history of support from us at the SGP (both dating back to almost the very first years) and we are sincerely sorry that one of them had to be asked to give way to the other. This wasn’t a situation we ever thought would arise and a position I’d never want to put one of our artists in”.

With that matter resolved, early bird tickets for next year’s SGP have already gone on sale. More details here.