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Massive let-down for Mad Cool fans

World News
July 16, 2018
Alfredo Arias

Thousands of fans expecting to see Massive Attack perform at Mad Cool Festival (cap. 80,000) in Madrid on 13 July were left disappointed when the group pulled-out at the last minute.

The band’s decision was blamed on noise overspill from the nearby Madrid te Abraza stage where Franz Ferdinand were performing between 01.30-02.50 hours.

Javier Arnaiz

Massive Attack were scheduled to appear on the Loop stage from 01:45 to 03.00 hours.

Mad Cool declined to respond to an Audience request for comment, but Spanish newspaper El País quotes festival director Javier Arnaiz as saying Massive Attack were “very reluctant” to perform.

“They were really out of shape right from the morning, because we did everything possible to put the concert on,” Arnaiz tells the newspaper. “There was a huge amount of people waiting and it was a complete lack of respect toward everyone”.

A joint statement issued by the band and the festival promoter says, “Regrettably the band could not play at the scheduled time because of the noise bleeding from other stages, which, due to the technical nature of their monitoring using IEMs [In Ear Monitors], meant the show could not proceed.

Madrid Mad Cool bus picture

Other artistes on the bill included Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Dua Lipa and Quens of the Stoneage.

Charlie, link to hanging bus pic, perhaps as a caption.

Mad Cool fans planning to leave the event on the Sunday morning wre short by one bus, when the vehicle crashed through a barrier on the way to the festival and was left suspended over a busy road. The driver managed to escape with only minor injuries and the fire service dragged the bus back onto the road.

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