Ronseal headline does what it says on the tin – it’s been confirmed today that Hevy 2013 won’t be festival in the camping-outside-stages-in-a-field way at all, but rather will take the form of a series of gigs taking place in and around London.
After the kerfuffle over Hevy 2013 losing the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park site a few months ago, the organisers of Hevy Festival stressed that they had a new site lined up that they couldn’t announce for contractual reasons. This seemed a bit cheeky to us (after all, not having a contract in place didn’t stop them initially announcing the festival was taking place in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park). However now it seems licensing conditions have forced the organisers to drop their proposed alternative site (wherever it was to be, and have instead been working behind the scenes to ensure that choice parts of their 2014 line-up instead perform at a series of smaller, all-dayer events, the principal among these being an Killswitch Engage-headlined day at the Brixton Academy also featuring the likes of Hatebreed, Comeback Kid, Sylosis, Evergreen Terrace, Heights, and Empress.
Here’s the statement released via Hevy’s official Facebook page:
Hevy Fest moves to…. Brixton!!
Hevy was set to move venue this year and we found the perfect site! It gave us much more room, a more central location, more generous operating hours and it allowed us to drop the dreaded no re-entry rule. It was perfect! We were all lined up to announce our now home, when a well-hidden licensing condition was discovered that would need to be overruled for the site to host Hevy.
Unfortunately the appeal process would take 2 months and we didn’t want to risk a last-minute cancellation if things went sour. So, rather than pursue an alternative and keep you guys hanging even longer, we’ve decided to shelve the camping set-up until 2014 – and instead put on a load of events with the bands already booked, including a new breed of Hevy Fest at Brixton Academy:
Sunday 4th August
O2 Academy Brixton
*Special Guests* TBA
Horse The Band
+ support TBA
Saturday 3rd August
Current ticket holders will be offered a full refund, with tickets for these new events on sale Wednesday 12th June at 9am.
We are currently working on more events to be announced as soon as possible. Hevy would like to thank all the bands, agents and venues for their help in making these shows possible.
Hevy have confirmed that they are currently in discussions to curate a Black Flag-headlined date as well. A version of the classic hardcore band had been announced as one of the main draws for the festival when Hevy made it’s first line-up announcements for its now aborted festival. For more details, including information on how to get a refund if you’ve bought a Hevy Festival ticket, please go to the Hevy festival website.