Moogfest 2020 has officially been canceled due to logistical reasons. The organizers Moog Music officially announced the North Carolina festival would not be returning next year earlier today via blog. The event was set to take place April 16-19, 2020 in Durham. Ticket holders who pre-purchased passes will be able to receive their refunds.
Since 2010, Moogfest has delivered immersive visual and technological programming complemented by a range of musical acts. The festival did not take place in 2015, but returned in 2016 with a move from its original location in Asheville to Durham. Its 2018 edition sparked controversy in regards to its phase one lineup announcement and its spotlight on female and non-binary talent—prompting artist Caroline Polachek to cancel her impending performance.
Moog Music will potentially bring back Moogfest or program a similar event in the years to come.
“As an organization, our purpose is to create deeply meaningful experiences and relationships in order to continually enrich our creative community. This intermission will be used to focus on the future of Moogfest and to investigate new ways of exploring the future of music, art, and technology,” stated Moog Music in their post.
Born out of the viral “Storm Area 51” Internet phenomenon, organizers of the themed affair cancelled the festival following low attendance. Organizer Keith Wright brought the event to a halt Saturday, after its Friday commencement, featuring a headline performance from Paul Oakenfold, attracted approximately 500 attendees to the Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko, Nevada. Wright expected a party upwards of 5,000. The turnout disparity led full operation of the event to be infeasible.
“We put on a safe event for the people that showed up,” Wright told Time. “But we had to make the decision today because it costs tens of thousands of dollars to staff each day. It was a gamble financially, we lost.”
Lincoln County authorities reported six arrests as of September 19, mostly contained to a sundry of trespassing charges. A group of about 20 people reportedly “acted like they were going to storm” a gate surrounding the military base, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said the crowd “stopped short.”
Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment’s Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) will not return in 2019, according to a statement from festival organizers. The production companies jointly informed attendees via the festival’s official website that the event is “on hiatus for the foreseeable future.”
Treasure Island formerly thrived as a two-day annual staple in the California festival circuit since its foundation in 2007. The festival hosted 10 consecutive iterations on its namesake island before a Treasure Island redevelopment project introduced logistical issues that required the event’s production team to relocate the affair. Organizers consequently did not hold a 2017 installment of the event, which returned the following year at Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
Over the past 12 years, TIMF has worked hard to bring music fans an amazing and memorable experience, and we couldn’t be prouder of what our teams created together. Since inception, the event has brought the Bay Area an inclusive festival-going experience filled with a unique and dynamic music lineup of performers from across the globe, while taking place in one of the most beautiful festival destinations in the world
-Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment
Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment cited “new issues facing the site location” as the impetus for their potentially indefinite suspension of Treasure Island Music Festival. Read the full statement, here.
Belgium’s VestiVille festival was canceled on the first day of its debut following a chain of events that some of its guests have likened to Fyre. At 5pm CET, the fallen event’s official Twitter posted a statement that the mayor of Lommel, the city where VestiVille was taking place, decided to shut things down after it’d become apparent that attendees and artists were at risk.
Troubles began to arise earlier in the day, when A$AP Rocky announced he was pulling out of his slot due to security and production concerns. Upon arrival, concertgoers began posting photos to social media of a barren venue and reporting widespread disorganization and lack of staff. A few joked they were ready to give their Netflix or Hulu interviews. Ironically, Ja Rule was set to play VestiVille as well.
Organizers have since been charged with crimes including money laundering and document forging. Vendors and staff also weren’t paid until hours before the event kicked off. Other artists allegedly set to play VestiVille included Cardi B, Trey Songz, and Lil Pump.
Less than a month before the would-be third edition of SunSoaked music festival, Kaskade has confirmed that his beachfront brainchild will not be returning to Long Beach for its scheduled two-day run mid-July.
“…At a little less than three weeks out, it’s become obvious to me that we are falling short, and I’ve been left with an impossible choice,” reads a Kaskade-signed announcement via the festival’s homepage.
Kaskade was expected to headline the July 13-14 2019 iteration of the festival, alongside Maryland-born rapper, Logic, who, with the backing of Live Nation, was helping champion the festival’s production this year. Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes and Detroit’s Quinn XCII also topped the 2019 ticket. SunSoaked began in 2017, nearly tripling in size for its sold-out follow-up in 2018.
Though Kaskade has yet to expound on the particulars hindering the event, ticket-holders are expected to be fully reimbursed with no action necessary on their parts, per the announcement. With the festival front, an invariably volatile market as it is, more saturated than ever, SunSoaked is one of many promising festivals in recent years to officially fold. But discernment and transparency have certainly proven far more favorable in the long run on organizers’ behalves.
Call it—Woodstock 50 is dead before it even got off the ground.
The briefly-revived festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock event that took place in Bethel, New York, has officially been cancelled by organizers, shortly after online ticket sales failed to launch. Fears of a cancellation have been looming ever since ticket sales failed to launch and payments to participating artists were stalled.
The billing was set to include JAY-Z, Chance the Rapper, Dead and Company, The Black Keys, Halsey, and more. In the days leading up to the official cancellation of the event, the Black Keys pulled out of their performance due to “scheduling conflicts,” though now it seems like their move was a foreboding red flag.
Speaking to Billboard, a spokesperson from Dentsu Aegis Network, which funded Woodstock 50, said in a statement,
“Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.”
Minutes published from a recent Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners meeting confirm that the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will not return for a 2019 iteration. Electronic music speculation source, Festival Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) tweeted out the minutes from the board’s November 8 meeting. “Have a meeting with the Okeechobee Music Festival people on November 13th,” reads the eighth bullet on the list of topics canvassed during the meeting. “There will be no festival in 2019.”
For many, the news of the Florida festival’s dormancy will not arrive as a surprise—a lack of key operational details related to the event’s 2019 installment led many to speculate that Okeechobee would not host an ensuing edition. Festival organizers’ failure to announce dates for Okeechobee 2019, ticket sale information, and the first phase of a lineup initially prompted suspicion that the festival was flirting with impending cancellation. Despite maintaining ownership of the land that serves as the site of Okeechobee, the festival’s parent company, Soundslinger LLC, had also reportedly laid off employees and remained “shuttered since Labor Day,” rendering the identity of who would assume the 2019 festival rights unclear. Evidently, none of these preliminary signs boded well for the festival, which will leave a noticeable gap in Florida festival season programming.
New York City’s Panorama Festival was forced to cancel programming and evacuate the grounds due to inclement weather on its opening day. The festival began around 1:45 EST, and fans started to receive alerts that the festival was being evacuated due to severe weather at 5:00PM EST. The cancellation remained effective through the first day.
We are evacuating the island due to severe weather. Please exit the way you entered. Ferries and shuttles are running and the pedestrian bridge is open. Panorama has been cancelled for today and we will see you tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/jrzEf9V8oj
The Weeknd, Migos, The Black Madonna, and Father John Misty are among the artists who were slated to perform headlining slots for the opening day. Panorama has not released an announcement around plans to reschedule the artists’ sets. The festival has now resumed its second day of programming, with Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, and St. Vincent among the talent lined up for the day.
Emerging crossover festival brand Lost Lake has reportedly been cancelled ahead of the event’s second annual installment. The multi-day festival, still in its infancy, came by way of powerhouse event promoter Superfly — the organizing body behind massively successful event properties like Outside Lands and Bonnaroo. Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Lost Lake representatives for comment, though at the time of publication, no response has been received.
Superfly is expected to release an official statement on festival’s cancellation, though the cause behind shuttering Lost Lake is likely due to poor ticket sales following last year’s impressive reported turnout of over 45,000 attendees. The inaugural installment brought a well-rounded blend of talent including Chance The Rapper, ODESZA, and Major Lazer to the Valley of the Sun. While this year’s edition is no longer taking place, hopefully Superfly still plans to continue breaking into Phoenix’s largely untapped festival market in the future.
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