Sandance offers NYE partygoers 'full refund' if apocalyptic fears come true

Published November 23rd, 2012 - 07:00 GMT

The team behind the Sandance music festival at Atlantis in Dubai have urged partygoers not to panic, insisting their New Year’s Eve event will go ahead despite predictions the world will end 10 days before.

And worried fans were reassured on the Sandance facebook page that they would get a full refund should the world indeed end on December 21.

Predictions abound online that Armageddon will come on 21//12/12. The reason for this date is that the Mayan calendar, which has run for thousands of years, stops on that day.

A spokesman for Think, the events company that helps organise Sandance, told 7DAYS: “Despite rumours that the world will end on December 21, preparations are continuing as planned for Sandance on New Year’s Eve.

“After checking with NASA (via its website), we’re confident that our five-star music festival will go ahead despite pessimistic predictions.”

The advice from NASA’s Don Yeomans, who works on the space agency’s near-earth programme, was that the Mayan calendar might end four days before Christmas but that it’s only the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Yeomans said: “On December 31 our calendar ends but a new one starts on January 1.” The space expert also discounted other Doomsday scenarios that are doing the rounds - such as an apocalyptic solar storm or that the planet Niburu will crash into the Earth. He said: “Thousands of astronomers who scan the night skies on a daily basis have not seen this.”

The Sandance spokesman said it would seem that plenty of people are confident they will make it to 2013 judging by ticket sales. “Early Bird tickets and tables are selling extremely well and we’re predicting a sell-out event,” he said.

“The only people who won’t be celebrating with us will be those who leave their ticket buying to the last Mayan minute, which really would feel like the end of the world.”

New Year Sandance will be headlined by Ellie Goulding. The line-up also includes Rita Ora, Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez and Zane Lowe.


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