James Reid Releases Statement Regarding Wavy Baby Festival Issues
JAMES REID – Fil-Aussie musician James Reid has released a statement regarding the Wavy Baby Festival.
Careless Music staged ‘Wave Baby,’ its first-ever music festival at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue, Cebu last January 13 to 14, 2023. The two-day event, which ran concurrently with Cebu’s Sinulog festival, one of the most famous events in the nation, boasted an incredible lineup of over 20 acts.
James Reid, the founder of Careless Music, released a video apology for the huge changes made to the Wavy Baby Music Festival, including the alleged snubbing of performers from Cebu.
It was a bold move on the part of the label to select Cebu as its venue rather than typical Metro Manila venues, in addition to its local and international performances. The event claimed to showcase local Cebuano musicians including Cookie$, Sepia Times, The Sundown, Mandaue Nights, Three Legged Men, and Wonggoys while also inviting some performers from Manila.
However, after all the hype, things began to go downhill. The timeline has to be changed since bad weather considerably affected it.
The abrupt offer of free admission for the event’s opening day was one significant alteration. With general admission tickets costing between $2,770 and $8,000, it was obvious that those who already had tickets were very upset with the accommodations. Instead, to pacify ticket holders, they were guaranteed drinks worth 2,000, but they could only use them on Day 2.
On Tuesday, James Reid apologized for the “unforeseen events” that occurred at the Wavy Baby Music Festival the previous weekend. Reid also explained why he still went pushed through with the event in a video that was uploaded to Instagram.
“Man, what a crazy, amazing, hectic, wet, and wild weekend we had together at the first ever Wavy Baby Music Festival. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you to all the amazing people who came out to experience Wavy Baby with us,” James said.
“To be honest, leading up to and even on Day 1, I was beyond stressed with all the unforeseen weather issues that made things difficult but despite all the challenges that came our way to Sinulog, I decided we need to push through and see Wavy Baby come to life for my amazing team. They worked so hard on this, for my fans and for the others who are part of this amazing experience,” he added.
The 29-year-old musician expressed his regret for the incident and pledged to make amends as quickly as possible.
“I do want to apologize to you guys, as well. I did everything in my power to give everyone the very experience despite the rain and technical difficulties. I promise to make it up to you, guys, and all grievances will be answered by the team to the upcoming days,” James said.
“I want to give a special shout out and apology to the acts who weren’t able to go on stage of Wavy Baby with all the technical requirements, the safety concerns and missteps, I apologize to you guys as well to our international and Manila acts … we love you and appreciate you of your understanding of the situation…”
“I would like to sincerely apologize to our Cebu artists … for not being able to share the stage with you this time but thank you for allowing us to come and through this amazing experience. I promise we’ll make it up to you, you guys are all legends, thank you.”
The Wavy Baby Music Festival also released a statement about the event.
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