Insomniac Cancels Abduction NYE in Seattle

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The aliens have shifted course just days away from their invasion of the Pacific Northwest as Insomniac cancels the debut of Abduction NYE.


While everyone continues to get ramped up for their New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a recent uptick in cases continue to be a hurdle for some events and festivals to take place. The latest news to surface comes from the aliens who were planning their invasion of Seattle for Abduction NYE for the first time – they will not be carrying out their mission.

Originally set to be hosted on Friday, December 31 at the WAMU Theater, this new event from Insomniac was anticipated to be a stunner with its dynamic lineup that featured major names in the scene like Eric Prydz, Lane 8, and Dabin, among others. Earlier today it was announced that the debut edition of Abduction NYE would not be moving forward as planned due to artists and crew being sick and unable to perform.

“We are saddened to announce that this weekend’s Abduction NYE is canceled. Unfortunately, some of the artists and their crews are sick and are unable to perform,” the statement that was posted to Insomniac PNW Instagram account read. “While we are disappointed to share this news, we wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!”

Those who had purchased passes to Abduction NYE will receive a full refund, which will arrive via their original method of purchase. Stay tuned for further details on festival postponements and cancelations as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic continue.

Read the statement from Insomniac on Instagram:


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