A Dundee musician has been left furious after being dropped from a top slot at a popular music festival in Edinburgh.
Be Charlotte had been due to co-headline the EH6 Festival at The Biscuit Factory in Leith on Sunday, December 1 – but the whole day’s events at the venue were cancelled completely due to poor ticket sales.
Taking to social media, the singer-songwriter hit out after a separate event at the Old Doctor Bells Baths, featuring acts from the original Sunday line-up, was promoted by organisers.
Be Charlotte, the stage name of Charlotte Brimner, claimed she was kept in the dark regarding the smaller-scale Sunday event, which EH6 Festival has since described as a “free-entry replacement”.
She said: “We were told the whole Sunday event of EH6 Festival had been cancelled and now I’ve had to read online that they’ve removed me and three other bands from the bill and just continued on.
“You don’t pick two female headliners and then just bin them because tickets haven’t sold out immediately. This is completely out of order.”
EH6 Festival 2019 – A Statement👇 pic.twitter.com/Jw5QUGIIBl
— EH6 Festival (@eh6festival) November 12, 2019
The musician said she felt “disrespected”, adding: “Usually I am not the type of person to share this sort of thing online but I can’t just sit back and pretend this hasn’t happened.
“I am sorry to anyone who had already bought tickets as you can see this is completely out of my control.”
The EH6 Festival was originally due to take place across two days.
— be charlotte (@iambecharlotte) November 12, 2019
Former The View frontman Kyle Falconer is headlining the bill on Saturday, November 30.
Be Charlotte had originally been due to share the Sunday headline slot with Glasgow rock group Honeyblood.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, EH6 Festival claimed the new Sunday event at Old Dr Bells Baths is a separate music event.
The organisation said the festival had been reduced to a one-day event on Saturday, November 30 due to “extremely poor ticket sales” for the Sunday.
The statement reads: “The difficult decision was taken to completely cancel the Sunday of EH6 due to extremely poor ticket sales (we had only sold 22 Sunday tickets which was simply unsustainable for a non-profit event).
“Being aware that there were several customers and bands who had booked weekend accommodation, we set about arranging a free-entry replacement event, which wouldn’t incur high costs to put on.
“This event is completely separate to the EH6 Festival (in a smaller venue) and in hindsight we shouldn’t have promoted it on the same poster as the existing festival, which is now only running on Saturday, November 30.
“We apologise for any confusion and disappointment caused.
“We accept responsibility for being so late in organising this year’s event, which ultimately led to poor sales and we do hope that you will let us make it up to you both this year and during following events.”