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.
After many months of speculation, it has been confirmed that the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will not be happening in 2019. Minutes from an Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners meeting confirmed the rumor. Earlier this year, OMF’s parent company, Soundslinger LLC, shut down. Employees were laid off and there was talk of a new
A lack of key operational details related to Okeechobee Festival‘s expected 2019 iteration has led many to speculate that the Florida event will not host an ensuing edition. Festival organizers have not announced dates for Okeechobee 2019 or ticket sales, let alone a first phase of a lineup. Okeechobee tweeted that details regarding “#omf19” would be “coming soon” on September 13, but have not provided would be attendees any following information.
Despite maintaining ownership of the land that serves as the site of Okeechobee, the festival’s parent company, Soundslinger LLC, has reportedly laid off employees and remained “shuttered since Labor Day.” It is currently unclear whether another entity will assume the rights to the festival for 2019, and if so, who would acquire the rights.
Electronic music speculation source Festive Owl originally reported Soundslinger’s defunct status on September 13. Festive Owl additionally noted that “a (normally) very responsive [Okeechobee] source” was unable to “confirm any plans for 2019.” The undisclosed source additionally told Festive Owl that “artist management and publicity outlets” received “abrupt emails” that stated that the festival was “on hold” for 2019, and “not 100 percent coming back.”
Okeechobee organizers have issued no formal statement regarding any of the rumors currently in circulation about Okeechobee 2019.
Lots of popping up on the future of @okeechobeefest. Including rumors the festival is not returning.
There is concern now with no announcements, or tickets. I have reached out to a (normally) very responsive source and they have not been able to confirm any plans for 2019.
“Nobody likes a railer,”is the common attitude towards the usual group of die hard fans who “camp the rail” all day in anticipation of their favorite headlining act. These people often wake up early (or don’t sleep) on the holy day, wait for the main gates to open, then rush the stage to set up up shop, laying out clothing and tapestries in order to reserve their front spot on the rail. These “railers” are often associated with negativity and consternation.
This is why Okeechobee Music Festival will be taking preventative measures to stamp out railing culture at their third annual event, held March 1-4.
Of course, there are a number of ways to go about reducing the amount of railers at any given festival set. Electric Forest has gotten better each passing year about implementing crowd control methods to prevent excessive rail-riding. At Hulaween, the front of the stage is usually roped off each time The String Cheese Incident was set to perform. But somehow it is Bassnectar fans who get constantly maligned with despicable rail-riding practice — and for good reason, as bass heads have satirized the negative press surrounding the rail riding culture that permeates their community.
The unfortunate inevitability is that aggressive rail-riders are a part of festival culture, according to one Reddit user.
The answer to the problem of rail-riding does not lie in increased security. The answer lays in educating festival goers on proper etiquette and mutual respect for others. Cultural problems require cultural solutions, not policing; the burden lays on artists, fans and especially rail riding fans, not the organizers. If you don’t like the culture, change the culture.
if u are a bassnectar fan, please do not camp out at the rails. please love & respect other artists & treat others how u wanna be treated 🙂
Okeechobee has informed it’s public that it will be doing something that has a lot of bassheads incredibly upset. They will use security and festival personnel to clear the rail in between every set. This will be done to stop Bassnectar fans from camping in the front row throughout the entire day until he plays
2018’s festival circuit is already heating up, with Florida’s Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival dropping off a well-rounded lineup teeming with talent to jump start the spring season from March 1 – 4. Now, in its third year, Okeechobee is boasting perhaps its biggest lineup yet, led by Halsey, Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, with Bassnectar returning to pull double duty this year, slated for two headlining sets. Offering a more curated, hip-hop and rock inclusive alternative to Miami’s EDM festivities at Ultra around the same time, Okeechobee is bringing The Flaming Lips, Khalid, Zeds Dead, Gramatik and Illenium along for support among many others.
From Foster The People to Denzel Curry, Tycho to Big Gigantic, the four-day camping festival is aiming to satisfy a wide range of musical taste, along with top-notch programming including workshops, visual art installations and more. View the full lineup and purchase tickets here.
This year’s Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival saw Solange team up with the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald to perform “What A Fool Believes.” Next year’s probably won’t have that, but it will have Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, and two Bassnectar sets. The annual four-day festival in Okeechobee, Florida will run Thursday 3/1 through Sunday … More »
It is about that time again ladies and gentleman, Okeechobee early bird tickets have officially gone on sale! Since the first opening of the portal in 2016, Okeechobee has managed to attract so many people to its festival with its amazing lineup, wild art, and it’s more than expected experience. Okeechobee will be returning to