Creamfields Beirut Cancelled Over Syria Fears
Organisers of Creamfields Beirut 2013 have promised to refund ticket holders planning to attend last weekend’s event in Lebanon which was cancelled with just two days to go because of safety concerns.
“It is with great regret that we have to inform our festival goers, sponsors and partners that the long awaited Creamfields beirut has had to be canceled,” organisers JK58.co said in a statement issued via their Facebook page.
“The difficult decision to cancel was made in light of recently updated travel warnings from various governments in North America and Europe and followed by lengthy consultation between all parties involved in the organisation of this year’s festival.” https://www.facebook.com/JK58.co
Steve Angello, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler , Maceo Plex had been due to play at the event as well as Dubai based Brit DJ Mark Pickup who told British newspaper Southport Visitor he’d been the first DJ to pull out.
“The British embassy were also saying don’t travel because there are chances of kidnap,” Pickup explained.
“The main thing was that if anything did go off or there was an attack, they automatically shut the airport, which would have meant we were stuck there,” he added. (http://bit.ly/17YLk6w )
Essex garage DJ Jolie suffered exactly that problem in 2006, when she found herself stranded after Israel bombed Beirut (in response to Hezbollah missile attacks). Trapped in the city for seven days, she posted numerous blog articles detailing her plight before eventually being evacuated on British warship HMS York.
“Last night the bombings were quite bad,” she reported in one post.
“One of the telecommunications towers next to my hotel was hit. It shook the whole place, including my heart. Throughout the night I could hear the bombs going off in the South. I’m in the North and in a ‘safe’ area. Hopefully I can get out of here soon,” she said. (http://djjolie.co.uk )
http://bit.ly/18Ri1Si (‘War With Syria Could Signal Biblical Armageddon . . . “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and will become a fallen ruin,” reads Isaiah 17 from the Book of Isaiah, a prophecy some fear is coming fruition centuries later in modern day. . . .’)
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lebanon (‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: southern suburbs in Beirut, defined as: south of the sports stadium to the airport, east of the main airport highway including the neighbourhoods of Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret, Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Lebanon due to the recent upsurge in violence and wider regional tensions. The security situation can deteriorate quickly . . .’)
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