Boy band disrupts DjangoCon Europe
After we made our plans and our announcements, One Direction announced their own mega-event in Cardiff - right in the middle of DjangoCon Europe.
One Direction are a hugely popular boy band, and they’ve decided to hold the only two UK dates of their European tour at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium - right in the middle of our conference, on the 5th and 6th of June.
This means that an extra 140‘000 people (Cardiff’s population is only 340‘000 to begin with) will be in town over those two nights.
The result is that the hotels we have been discussing attendee accommodation with have informed us that their rooms are now fully booked.
In fact, nearly no hotel accommodation is now available, either in the city or around it on those dates.
We’re left with no choice but to reschedule the event. We’re close to making a decision on the dates, and will announce it, and re-open registration as soon as we can.
We’ll probably find this funny, when we look back on it (perhaps as soon as fifty or sixty years from now) but at the moment we’re not enjoying the situation.
Of course anyone who has already registered will be able to have a full refund if the new dates are unsuitable for them.
Many apologies, and thanks for your patience while we work to sort out this unwanted surprise.
Update: DjangoCon has been safely rescheduled, to start and end two days earlier. All is well.