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Giant Village Prepares for Giant Headache

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, January 01, 2006, at 02:31AM
Empty Stages Eric Richardson [Flickr]

As noted earlier, Giant Village got cancelled. As of now they haven't posted any sort of a notice to their website, but this LA Times article makes it sound like the refund process could be an interesting one.

On Saturday night, representatives of Giant Village issued a statement saying they would honor the tickets at a "makeup event," but had no details on the location, date or talent available.

Organizers did not say whether they would consider issuing refunds for tickets, some of which cost more than $100.

If they thought the people who showed up from all over to find the event cancelled were angry, I have to suspect there would be a whole new level of contempt experiences were refunds not to be offered. At best the organizers have shown themselves extremely lacking when it comes to PR.

Update (1pm): A statement now appears on the website. The text and my comments after the jump.

Here's the statement from the Giant Village website:

DECEMBER 31, 2005


GIANT VILLAGE 2006 regrets to inform our patrons that to protect the public and the performers, the event will not take place tonight. Information will be released shortly about a make-up event where tickets for GIANT VILLAGE 2006 will be honored.

At 4:30 p.m. today during meetings between event producers GIANT Los Angeles Inc. and officials of the City of Los Angeles, we were advised that the extreme weather conditions caused serious concern for public safety. Namely, city officials advised Giant that if the event were to proceed, numerous factors threatening public safety likely would result in the termination of the event sending away the full capacity crowd. Therefore, based on these discussions and the city


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