Greece's ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL Cancelled!

June 23, 2002

Greece's much-anticipated Rockwave Festival, previously scheduled to be held on July 1-3 at the Athens Horse Training Park (KEIPP) in Athens, has been officially cancelled.

The event, which was set to include appearances by SLAYER, DREAM THEATER, HALFORD, IN FLAMES, JAG PANZER, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, OPETH, PARADISE LOST, and RUNNING WILD, was called off due to "undercover coordinated actions from various parties," according to an official statement released by the festival organizers, Big Star Promotion.

Among the reasons given for the cancellation are: 1) The Mayor of Hellenikon refusing, without reason, to give permission for the festival, 2) The Police Department of Hellenikon and its supervising authority, the General Administrative Police Department of Athens, invoking, without justification, hypothetical and non-existent perils for the public safety, stating their unwillingness and weakness to provide any kind of protection, and 3) The Ministry of Transportation and Communication and the Civil Air Transportation Services withdrawing from responsibilities deriving from mutually-signed agreement between Big Star Promotion and the aforementioned.

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