Alessandro Cortini, Caterina Barbieri and Abul Mogard have cancelled their upcoming appearances.
On Tuesday, a day before the festival, Dutch experimental musician Thomas Ankersmit published a Medium post saying that he and his collaborator, Phill Niblock, never got paid for their performance last year. "The organization is a tremendous mess," he writes. "The habit of not paying participants has persisted for years. The team's promises cannot be trusted."
In the post he links to a Facebook group organized by artists in Belgrade called Still Unpaid At Resonate Festival. Here a number of local and international artists posted their complaints about payment issues, including pioneering Norwegian ambient musician Biosphere, who played last year.
Today, Berlin-based programmer Gene Kogan took to Twitter to say that he also hadn't been paid for the workshop and lecture he gave last year.
As a result of this news, and other organizational issues, some of this year's artists have pulled out, including Alessandro Cortini, Caterina Barbieri and Abul Mogard.
Resonate hasn't yet responded to Resident Advisor's request for comment.
I won't be attending @resonate_io festival in Belgrade this weekend unfortunately, due to the lack of clarity from the organizer and abundance of dissatisfaction from other peers who played it before and never got paid . Apologies if you planned on coming.— Alessandro Cortini (@blindoldfreak) April 19, 2018
like many others, i haven't been paid for my workshop & lecture at @resonate_io in 2017. i'm very sorry i didn't post this months ago but i just could not believe they really wouldn't eventually pay. it's now clear to me they are 100% scammers https://t.co/DcUH93OyeM— Gene Kogan (@genekogan) April 19, 2018
Very sadly we were forced to cancel our concert in Belgrade tonight due to failure of contractual obligations from Resonate Festival. @shakti_music— Abul Mogard (@abulmogard) April 18, 2018