Sad news people, the organisers of the Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) 2015 have confirmed that their appeal to Singapore’s Home Affairs Ministry has been rejected.
As you know we did an update a few days ago mentioning that the organisers had issues obtaining a permit for the event. The organisers had worked tirelessly to obtain the necessary permit for the event. However, they received word of the ministry’s decision.
The organisers (Livescapes Singapore) said that they are extremely dedicated in holding a drug-free event and had set up tight security measurements and the appropriate medical management plans for the event, but sadly, the event is not to be.
A formal press statement was issued stating the following:
“We are extremely disappointed that our appeal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to organise Future Music Festival Asia 2015 (FMFA15) in Singapore has been unsuccessful. We can confirm that we have received the official rejection of our appeal. FMFA firmly stands behind our goal of creating a drug-free event for our festival goers to enjoy. Despite having put in place a robust event, security, safety and medical management plan which has been developed alongside both local and international experts with a combined 50 years of experience in running similar large-scale events, our Public Entertainment License has not been granted. The plans that have been developed far exceeds international standards.
We emphasise that the safety and security of our festival goers are of utmost importance and will continue to be our number one priority. Regarding concerns the authorities may have about the drug-related incidents that took place in Malaysia last year, we reiterate that these were isolated incidents that took place outside Singapore, which cannot and do not carry any implication that FMFA is linked to drug use or drug abuse.”
So far, approximately 15,000 tickets have been sold for the FMFA15 scheduled for the 13th and 14th March at Changi Exhibition Centre. Full ticket refunds will be made to all FMFA ticket buyers, details of which will be made available by Monday evening. Please check the FMFA website for updates and details.
A care team has also been set up to help answer any concerns directly via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.