Future Music Festival Asia has been cancelled

Future Music Festival Asia has been cancelled for 2015, promoters have confirmed. The festival – which was due to be held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore this weekend – was forced to cancel after organisers failed to secure a permit from state authorities to hold the two-day event in the Singapore.

The first signs of trouble came last week for Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA), when local news sources reported that the promoters had twice applied for and been refused the public entertainment license required to hold a festival in Singapore. Promoters Livescape then submitted an appeal to the Minister for Home Affairs, but over the weekend that too was turned down.

FMFA thanked fans for their “patience and support” on Facebook, stating that full refunds will be available to all ticketholders soon. “We are also aware of the many fans overseas that have made travel arrangements into Singapore for the festival.” FMF posted. “We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience you have been put through.”

Last year, Day 3 of Future Music Festival Asia was shut down by police after six people died from a drug overdose during the first two days of the festival. The tragedy at last year’s event prompted the move from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Singapore, but it is believed the deaths at 2014’s festival contributed to Singaporean authorities’ decision to stop this year’s event from going ahead.

Avicii, The Prodigy and many more names on the Australian Future Music Festival line-up were due to hit Singapore this weekend with FMFA, joined by Asia-only additions like Fatboy Slim and Public Enemy.