Future Music Festival Asia likely canceled; permit applications rejected twice by police due to drug concerns
Less than a week before Future Music Festival‘s debut in Singapore, it is unlikely that the two-day event will be able to follow through. Two applications from the festival’s organizers, The Livescape Group, were rejected by the police – once in January, and a second time in February. After numerous reported deaths at last year’s event in Malaysia, “serious concerns” over drug abuse and possible deaths led to the festival’s consecutive rejections.
Livescape is determined to run the festival as planned, and has since submitted an appeal to Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean. While “no final decision has been made as yet,” Future Music Festival Asia’s Facebook page released a statement to fans regarding the predicament:
The organizers of Future Music Festival Asia are aware of recent news articles circulating regarding next week’s event. At the moment we have gone up to the highest level to appeal for the festival to proceed. No final decision has been made as yet and we urge you to stay calm and have faith. Regardless, the show must go on.
We would also like to go on record to address the Singapore Police Force’s concerns regarding the isolated drug related incidents that happened in Malaysia last year. Isolated incidents which happened outside of Singapore cannot and do not carry any implication that FMFA is in any way linked to drug use nor is it any indication that there will be drug abuse at the event. FMFA firmly stands behind our goal of creating a drug-free event for our festival goers to enjoy, and we are working with the best international organisations in the world with a combined 50 years of experience working on similar events to ensure that this is the case.
To the fans, at the moment, we are working relentlessly around the clock to fight for your right to party. We ask that you give us 48 hours to work on the issue at hand. An update will be provided then.
In the meantime, join us in making our voices heard. Music unites, and we believe that together, we can make a stand for our right to#KeepFMFAAlive
As of yet, The Livescape Group is about 5,000 tickets short of selling out. Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut for further updates.