“We are super excited to announce that Groovefest 2016 will be taking place at the amazing Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana! ☀️ With stunning award-winning beaches, luxurious surroundings and better facilities, this is the perfect place for a Party in Paradise. Dive straight into the action with direct flights from New York, Miami, London, Manchester and Madrid to Punta Cana”.
That was the message on the Groovefest Facebook page when they announced this year's fest. However, their tune has now changed with the announcement yesterday that the entire festival is cancelled, the company has gone into liquidation and there will be no refunds.
The Dominican Republic event, which was supposed to run for one week from 4-11 September and had artists such as Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet and Yousef, was abruptly cancelled yesterday a mere 3 days before the opening gigs. The reason given by the organisers is; “We have been unable to hit our ticket sale targets despite all our best efforts”.
The cancellation has left hundreds of punters distraught, some of which are already on the Caribbean island and have now been left without accommodation. There has been understandable outrage directed at Groovefest, with a number of furious customers taking to social media to express their anger.
Alas, there is little hope of anyone getting any money back, despite the terms and conditions, as the company has ceased trading and gone into liquidation, this means they technically have no means to recoup any money to return to customers. Though questions must be asked of the cash already collected, where has it gone? And who has it now? And will somebody be held accountable?