Mekka Tour Postponed Until 2002

Production and promotion started too late, spokesperson for electronic music trek said.

For the Mekka Tour, all roads now lead to next year.

The electronic music trek, which was to feature the Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, BT and Roni Size, among others (see "Crystal Method, Roni Size, BT Heading To Mekka"), was postponed just three days before its kickoff.

"Everyone on the [Mekka] team has put their hearts into making this happen, but when it came down to it, we just didn't give ourselves enough time to put it together," a tour spokesperson said in a statement announcing the postponement. "While the concept's been under development for over a year, the actual production and promotion of the tour started too late."

The Mekka Tour, which was scheduled to begin Saturday in Detroit, is expected to launch next summer, the spokesperson said.

In July, the second annual Spitkicker Tour merged with Mekka (see "De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Common To Join Mekka Tour"). Following Mekka's announcement, the fate of the hip-hop-centric outing has yet to be announced.

The inaugural Spitkicker Tour featured performances by De La Soul, Common, Biz Markie, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch, all of whom were slated for this year's outing.

Mekka's announcement comes on the heels of another electronic music gathering's demise — the Las Vegas version of the U.K. Creamfields Festival, which was slated for September 29 and was to feature the Crystal Method and Fatboy Slim, among others (see "Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method To Play First U.S. Creamfields Fests"). A New York Creamfields concert on September 1 still stands.