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BURNING SEA FESTIVAL - Forced To Be Canceled

Burning Sea Festival which should take place on idilic coast of Adriatic sea in Zadar (Croatia) from 5th to 8th June 2013, has been forced to be canceled. The festival should feature next great metal acts: Iced Earth, King Diamond, Amorphis, Overkill, Destruction, Enslaved, Candlemass, Shining, Grave and many others. Here's the official statement from organizers: Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the BURNING SEA festival for 2013, although ticket sales were much better than METALFEST tickets last year!
The Croatian government decides to charge an extra VAT of 25 % to the regular ticket prices also for cultural associations. Originally and until now, all of our calculations (e.g. Metalfest 2012) were made with 0 % VAT due to cultural tax exceptions  as stated on tickets as well.
Only a couple of days ago we were informed by the tax office about the changes in VAT law.
We are not able to buffer a 25 % backup, so in the end there is no way for us to make the BURNING SEA festival into a business that is profitable - Even if it would be SOLD OUT!
We were not able to find an investor in such a small period of time. We are a private owned and runned company, so without any big industry behind us, there is no way for us to make this festival running without knowing how much money we would loose.
With this cancelation we are joining HGU (Croatian union of musicians) in their protests against this tax law, and hope that in 2014 Croatia will not be European state with highest Taxes when it comes to festival/concerts tickets prices.
For your better understanding, Germany has 7%, Slovenia 8,5%, and Austria 9% taxes on income made on festival/concert tickets.
We will try to revitalize BURNING SEA in 2014, based on a new calculation and unfortunately with a ticket price including the VAT.
All ticket money will be refunded at the shops where they were bought originally! PLEASE CONTACT THE SHOPS WHERE YOU BOUGHT YOUR TICKET.
If you bought Fan pack, you can keep your T-shirt.
Some of the bands will be added onto the billing of METALDAYS festival in Slovenia, and for other bands we will try to organize back-up shows.
For any comments, please visit official Burning Sea forum.

The tickets can also be exchanged for METALDAYS Festival tickets which will take place in Tolmin (Slovenia) from 21st to 27th July 2013.  Link

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