The British (And Eminem) Aren't Coming: Reading Festival USA Canceled

Promoters site shortage of acts in scrapping show that Eminem, Linkin Park and Xzibit were to headline.

Turns out you still have to go to England if you want to see the Reading Festival. The inaugural U.S. version of the long-running British fest has been canceled.

Organizers of the Reading Festival USA, slated for September 6 in Camden, New Jersey, didn't have enough time to bolster the show's roster, which included Eminem, Linkin Park and Xzibit (see "Eminem, Linkin Park and Xzibit On Board For Reading Festival USA"), according to the festival's publicist. They were looking for high-profile opening acts for what was to be a 10-hour show at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront.

"Rather than proceeding with a shortened and diluted lineup that does not fully represent the history and reputation of the Reading Festival, we have decided to spend time assembling a more complete lineup for 2002," promoter Mean Fiddler said in a statement.

Apparently, the additions announced last week — Adema, Boy Hits Car, Clinic, Folk Implosion, Guided By Voices and Muse — weren't up to the British company's snuff.

Full ticket refunds will be made at the point of purchase, according to the publicist.

Mean Fiddler's U.K.-based concerts, the three-day, two-city Reading and Leeds Festivals, will kick off Friday. Eminem, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Travis, PJ Harvey and Queens of the Stone Age will headline over the weekend in both cities.

The news of Reading Festival USA's demise comes on the heels of another U.K. festival's failed attempt at crossing the Atlantic. The techno-centric Creamfields Las Vegas and Creamfields New York, modeled on the U.K. event of the same name, were scrapped because of problems securing land for Las Vegas show (see "Creamfields Las Vegas Canceled"), and slow ticket sales in New York (see "First Vegas, Now New York: U.S. Creamfields Gets The Axe").

Meanwhile, Creamfields U.K. is just peachy, as the fourth annual Creamfields U.K. show, featuring the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Gorillaz, is slated for Saturday in Liverpool.