The organizers of the legendary Dutch metal festival Dynamo Open Air have announced the cancellation of this year's festivities — the second time in three years that they've been forced to abandon plans to stage the event.
"Unfortunately there will NOT be a Dynamo Open Air in 2003, although we have actually found a new site!" begins the official statement announcing the cancellation. "We thought we had found our new home, in the town of Nuenen, only five kilometres from Eindhoven, but because of a newly installed European environmental law the town can not give us a permit. In short, this new law forbids events like Dynamo in the breeding season, which is from March 15th until July 15th. Although it is possible to file for an exemption to this law, the whole procedure would take too long for us to be able to organize a proper Dynamo, as we have it in mind. This leaves us with no other option than to cancel this year's Dynamo. Of course we regret this immensely, but we have looked at it from every possible angle and there was no alternative.
"Will this mean the end of Dynamo Open Air? No, not as far as we are concerned! We have a new site and the town of Nuenen is willing to give us a permit. We will now spend all our time and energy on getting the exemption for 2004 and the years to come. You have not heard the last of us yet! For the time being we wish you a great festival season. There will still be plenty of action out there. Have fun, be safe and we will see you next year. Until then!"