International artists cancel their participation in Rush 2013 due to contractual difficulties

With only 4 days before what was supposed to be a major EDM event happening in Montreal, today we have witnessed a dramatic change in lineup as all international artists have withdrawn from Rush 2013. These include headliners like Bryan Kearney, Indecent Noise, Christopher Lawrence, Ummet Ozcan, Kevin Saunderson and more. Seemingly without warning, Physical Events has changed their previously star studded lineup from this:

To this:  

The booking agency Audio Religion Music has come out with an official statement explaining their reasoning for pulling out of Rush 2013 on Facebook:

"It is with regret that we inform you that Bryan Kearney, Christopher Lawrence, Indecent Noise and Ummet Ozcan will not be performing at Rush 2013 in Montreal, scheduled for this Saturday, June 22nd.

 The promoter (Physical Events ran by Michael Mejaries) has broken numerous terms in each contract agreed with the separate artists and their management (Assured Artists, Audio Religion Music, Cue Music, Fresh Artiste Management & Newjam), has displayed a pure lack of professionalism and most importantly has failed to provide the necessary travel arrangements and work permits for the artists and payment of artists fees.

 The management companies grouped together to offer the promoter multiple solutions but none of the solutions were acted upon so they have been forced to withdraw the artists from the event.

 All the management companies are committed to rescheduling their respective artists show in Montreal in the near future."


Ummet Ozcan's management also went on twitter today to inform his fans that he will not be performing at Rush 2013:

As it stands now, Rush 2013 looks very different as it now features only local talent on the lineup. Tickets are still being sold at their original price of $65+ on the official website and thus far there has been no official statement from Physical Events.