Ulver - Cancel North American West Coast Tour

Sad news for Ulver fans from North America, as well as for the band itself, as they decided to cancel the planned tour when forced to face the fact that it would have probably wound up as a financial disaster. The band goes into detail in the following message, posted on their Facebook page:


"We come bearing difficult news: after many frustrating phone calls and deliberations over this last week, we have decided to pull the plug on our upcoming US West Coast run. Modern media protocol suggests we trump up a reason, other than the depressing reality: pre-sales are too modest up against the rather big risk, given the size of the production and the venues.

"We feel we just have to be honest about all this. We can not justify going through with all the things we need (flights, nightliner, backline, TM, tech, lasers, lights, and so on) in light of the poor prospects. It has left our promoters, booking agents, management, and now us, a bit baffled. Especially considering two full houses in NYC in March.

"Despite our problems getting laser permits for those gigs, we think the trip turned out to be a success, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came to the Big Apple. Hopefully it will not be our last visit in the US.

"Did we announce too soon after NYC? Should we have announced sooner? Maybe we waited altogether too many years, before finally making it across the pond? One can speculate, of course, but it doesn't do much good at this point.

"We feel it would be irresponsible to ignore the warnings and go over knowing that promoters (and us) will loose thousand upon thousands of dollars. Money is an absolute drag (except when you have it), but also a stone cold reality when it comes down to organizing these things. We have to take it into account, unfortunately.

"We would like to apologize to all those who have already purchased tickets and who were looking forward to Ulver America pt. 2. Needless to say, your tickets will be refunded. Please know that this hurts us all. Visas have been obtained, paid and approved for everyone, some flights and other things have already been booked, pre-prod has been done and countless hours have gone into organization. It hurts even more since it is the second time in the US (third in our career) that we feel we have no other option than to cancel.

"Finally, and most importantly, because we know many out there will be sorely disappointed: this decision was not made with a light heart.

"We are very, very sorry.

"Ulver, Oslo, May 8, 2019"

Let us hope that the band will have better luck trying to perform in the Americas in the future.

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Ulver
Posted: 08.05.2019 by RaduP


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09.05.2019 - 02:01
This really sucks for them and this happens more often than you would think but just not this far into the stages of tour preparation.
My band was recently offered a cross Canadian tour with a well known Swedish act who had to pull the plug before announcing because they couldn't justify coming across the pond from high flight costs and the risk factor of low turnouts.
I don't blame Ulver one iota

Canadian black metal
09.05.2019 - 02:21
Sad, but not unexpected. Good taste is a decidedly niche product in the big West Coast markets. Been to a lot of shows in LA with fantastic bands playing to small crowds while the crappy MOR nostalgia tour down the block is packed.
Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
09.05.2019 - 04:04
Written by Tuonelan on 09.05.2019 at 02:21

Sad, but not unexpected. Good taste is a decidedly niche product in the big West Coast markets. Been to a lot of shows in LA with fantastic bands playing to small crowds while the crappy MOR nostalgia tour down the block is packed.

Good taste is a niche product in America in general really.
09.05.2019 - 04:05
As Ulver is my favorite band in the world this saddens me. I'm just kind of half glad I had no expectations of making it to one of the shows. I'd be heart broken.
09.05.2019 - 04:54
Written by Lanthros on 09.05.2019 at 04:04

Good taste is a niche product in America in general really.

Yeah, but I couldn't speak for shows in the rest of the US. For all I know Bozeman, MT could be jammed to the rafters with people waiting to show up for a Slugdge show.

Just to prove me wrong.

Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
09.05.2019 - 05:38
Booked larger venues and expected too much on people's taste... As my friends said maybe too electronic for BM fans and too BM for electronic fans. Anyway not enough purchases to support the tour, sad Sad SAD
Shit talking and shit taste, whatever.
09.05.2019 - 15:24
"Loose" and "lose", baffling people all over the world since the dawn of time.
Now loving:
Tribulation - The Lament
Tribulation - Nightbound
Tribulation - Subterranea
Tribulation - The World
Tribulation - Here Be Dragons
10.05.2019 - 08:15
My family used to have a music store in Oregon, and around 20 years ago we were a ticket location for a lot of rock/metal/punk shows in the area. We had to go through a lot of refund process stuff because of shows getting cancelled due to low advance ticket sales.

One of the promoters we worked with said it was a very west-coast thing to buy tickets very late or buy tickets at the door, and that a few of the cities as well as Oregon in general were particularly bad for it. He would often try to convince bands to stick through it as usually the actual attendance figures were acceptable, but was often unsuccessful convincing them and that lead to a lot of cancelled shows.

Obviously that was a long time ago and I dunno if it was totally true or if it still is, but seeing this now reminds me of it... Oregon is skipped over by a lot of tours as well, which sorta goes to support it.

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