A month or two back I made the observation that cruises were looking to be the next big thing in the music festival circuit, but maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that idea and wait and see how this thing pans out as the first ever Mayhem Festival Cruise (including Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Suicide Silence, Hatebreed, and more) has been cancelled.

Here’s the skinny:

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.

We apologize for the cancellation.”

Perhaps the economy not being so good and the main target audience for the bands billed to be on the cruise being mostly teens with roughly zero income is the cause of the cruise’s ill fate. Maybe the headlining Lamb of God decided that they’d be having more important things to worry about around that time. At any rate, the cruise is off. I’d feel sorry for the people who had potential holidays ruined, but it’s hard to be sympathetic to people who get a full refund and a lifetime (?!) pass to future Mayhem Festival tours. So I guess everyone comes out a winner — except maybe for people who had planned to go but haven’t gotten around to buying tickets yet. Oops.

But for now, if you have heavier tastes, there’s always Barge to Hell this December!

– JR

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