The annual Bristol-based Temples Festival cancelled due to “a series of bad business decisions”

Just a few days before it was due to start, Temples Festival 2016 has been cancelled by its organiser, Francis Mace. The annual Bristol-based festival, which has showcased the best underground and extreme metal since 2014, was set to run from 2nd-5th June, with headliners including Mayhem, Melvins and Carcass. However, in a post on the festival’s Facebook page, Mace said that funding from its main financial backers had been pulled during the last week and that, having been unable to secure more money, he was left with no option but to pull the plug. Mace added that, due to “a series of bad business decisions”, he had personally lost in the region of £70,000 during the festival’s short existence, and was unable to take on any more debt.

Temples 2016 seemingly has been beset by issues from the start with several bands pulling out since the first line-up announcements, the latest being Chicago powerviolence band Weekend Nachos who pulled out this weekend, citing issues with festival promoters. Other bands have been left in difficult situations: Philadelphia death metal band Pissgrave have had their European tour disrupted by Mace cancelling their flights without warning, leading to cancelled gigs. In a post on their Facebook page, they describe working with Temples as a “fucking nightmare”.

No doubt many fans will be feeling the same frustration, as the festival attracts metalheads from all over the UK and abroad who will now be left to try and recoup some of their expenses. However, there is some consolation in the form of a now sold-out replacement gig on Saturday 4th June at the Fleece in Bristol, set up by some of those bands who had been booked to play at Temples. These include: Bongzilla, Primitive Man, Dragged into Sunlight, Ramesses, All Pigs Must Die, Arabrot, ACxDC, ((Ohhms)), Venom Prison and Boak, with more to be announced.

This Temples Festival article was written by Joe Turner, a GIGsoup contributor

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