Organizers have issued an update explaining the cancellation, of which an excerpt follows: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Burning Sea festival for 2013, although ticket sales were much better than Metalfest tickets last year!
The Croatian government decides to charge an extra VAT of 25 % to the regular ticket prices also for cultural associations. Originally and until now, all of our calculations (e.g. Metalfest 2012) were made with 0 % VAT due to cultural tax exceptions as stated on tickets as well.
Only a couple of days ago we were informed by the tax office about the changes in VAT law.
We are not able to buffer a 25 % backup, so in the end there is no way for us to make the Burning Sea festival into a business that is profitable – Even if it would be SOLD OUT!”
We will try to revitalize Burning Sea in 2014, based on a new calculation and unfortunately with a ticket price including the VAT.
We apologize for the cancellation.”
Read the complete statement at this location.
Acts that were scheduled for Burning Sea 2013 included: 4ARM, AMORPHIS, ANGEL WITCH, AS SILENCE BREAKS, BARBARION, BENIGHTED, BLACK LIGHT DISCIPLINE, CAMBION, CANDLEMASS, CRIPPER, DEBAUCHERY, DECAPITATED, DESTRUCTION, DEVASTATING ENEMY, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, FLAYED DISCIPLE, FOREVER STORM, GRAVE, HERFST, ICED EARTH, IN SOLITUDE, INNER SANCTUM, JADED HEART, KADAVER, KING DIAMOND, META-STASIS, MASTIC SCUM, MOONCRY, MOONSORROW, MYSTERY BLUE, NERVECELL, NIGHTMARE, OVERKILL, RE-ARMED, SAREA, SHINING, SOEN, STEEL ENGRAVED, THULCANDRA, THUNDERBOLT, TSJUDER, TURISAS, VANDERBUYST.