Creamfields Las Vegas Canceled

Electronic-music fest featuring Basement Jaxx called off for logistical reasons; New York version still on.

One of two inaugural Creamfields festivals scheduled for U.S. soil has been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday.

Creamfields Las Vegas, scheduled for September 29 and set to feature Basement Jaxx, Sandra Collins and other electronic acts not on the Creamfields New York bill, was called off for logistical reasons.

“Basically, the land that we had been told was available for us to use in Las Vegas turned out to be unavailable,” Jim King, of organizers Cream, said in a statement. “It has been very frustrating and we are bitterly disappointed. We had put all our concentration on an alternative site in Los Angeles, but due to time restrictions, we were unable to guarantee that the move from Las Vegas to L.A. would guarantee that the Creamfields event would be truly unique.”

Cream has instead invested more resources into Creamfields New York, set for September 1 in Long Island, according to the festival’s spokesperson. Several additional acts, such as Hybrid and UNKLE’s James Lavelle, have been added, and more will be announced next week.

Creamfields New York should be one of the bigger electronic-music festivals in North America. Forty-six acts are so far slated to appear on six stages.

The Crystal Method, Orbital, Stereo MC’s, Hybrid, Uberzone and the Dub Pistols will perform live on the Main Stage.

Arena One: The Experience, presented by Cream, will feature Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Timo Maas, Erick Morillo, Seb Fontaine, Tall Paul, Christian Smith, DJ Feelgood, Anthony Pappa, John Debo and Mike Taylor.

Ritchie Hawtin, Josh Wink, Dave Clarke, Darren Emerson, John Acquaviva, Max Graham, Scott Hardkiss and Scott Henry will spin in Arena Two, presented by Buzz and Bugged Out.

Arena Three, presented by the Boutique and Mixer, will feature Photek, James Lavelle, Adam Freeland, Liquid Todd, Jason Bentley, Dara and DB, while NY Deep, presented by JD Productions, will find Francois K, Danny Krivit, Ron Trent, Kerri Chandler, MKL and Andi Hanley on the turntables.

Finally, Little Louie Vega, Todd Terry, Joeski & Onionz, Sandy Rivera, Carl Kennedy, Marcus & Dominique, Graham & Holmar and Filipsson will perform in the Centro Fly Arena presented by GBH and Plant.

In other Creamfields news, the fourth Creamfields U.K., set for August 25 in Liverpool, has added the Chemical Brothers to a lineup that includes Fatboy Slim, Gorillaz, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk and Goldie.

The cancellation of Creamfields Las Vegas comes on the heels of the Mekka Tour being called off (see “Mekka Tour Postponed Until 2002″ ). Roni Size, BT and the Crystal Method were slated for the inaugural trek.

The summer is not without electronic-music outings, however. Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox and others have been on the road for several weeks with Moby’s Area:One tour, Crystal Method and Uberzone recently launched the 7-Day Tweekend tour and Perry Farrell is expected to announce an electronic music-heavy tour.