Apes and Jape’s days out can­celled

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Last week­end proved un­lucky for two Ir­ish bands, as both Fight Like Apes and Jape had their per­for­mances can­celled at the Beni­cas­sim and Po­hoda fes­ti­vals, re­spec­tively. Fight Like Apes were to play the Span­ish fes­ti­val on Fri­day night, but or­gan­is­ers pulled the plug on a num­ber of sets, in­clud­ing that of head­lin­ers Kings of Leon, be­cause of treach­er­ous high winds and a fire that took place just out­side the fes­ti­val site.

FLA singer MayKay told The Ticket: “Our stage got shut down pretty early, and at about mid­night, the or­gan­is­ers de­cided to shut

the whole thing down for the night. Every­one from about 10 o’clock got cut, ex­cept for Tom Tom Club, who ended up play­ing Kings of Leon’s slot to a mixed re­ac­tion. What a gig to get!”

Tragedy also be­fell the Po­hoda Fes­ti­val in Slo­vakia when a storm caused one stage to col­lapse, leav­ing one per­son dead and more than 90 in­jured. Richie Egan said that Jape were leav­ing for their soundcheck when news fil­tered through of the ac­ci­dent.

“The sun had been split­ting the sky up un­til early Satur­day af­ter­noon, then the sky just turned, lit­er­ally, black,” he said. “It was crazy to think that we could have been on­stage if it’d been only a few hours later. Our thoughts are still with the fam­i­lies of the dead and in­jured, and the won­der­ful Slo­vak peo­ple, who had a great fes­ti­val cut short by a hor­ri­ble event.”

Jape: “turned lit­er­ally black”

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