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Twenty Canceled Music Festivals: A Guide to the Dearly Departed

on June 17, 2013, 12:14am
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tombstonemusicfestival Twenty Canceled Music Festivals: A Guide to the Dearly Departed

Here at Consequence of Sound, we live for music festivals. Whether the event of choice is located in a favorite city or on a field in the middle of nowhere, even the act of getting there inspires an unbearable sensation of anticipation, comparable to Christmas mornings from childhood. Over the past decade, the festival climate has changed from a handful of events to nearly every major market having a musical destination to call its own.

While the likes of Lollapalooza and Sasquatch! sold out in record time and Austin City Limits followed Coachella’s example and expanded to two identical weekends, not every fest has been a success story. The adage goes that it takes a few years for a music festival to turn a profit, and some never made it past those early days plagued by logistics and the occasional identity crisis, while others simply fell out of fashion. Here’s a look back at 20 festivals that are no longer with us.

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Barry Julien
July 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

Florida curse? What about Spring Fest, Mag Fest, Wanee, Bear Creek, Purple Hatters Ball, Aura, Jam Cruise, Orange Blossom Jamboree, River Hawk, Gasparilla Music Festival. This year also had the addition of several new festivals including Funshine and Sunset Music Festival. If anything I would say Florida festivals fail because there are too many not because of a mythical curse.

June 22, 2013 at 1:44 am

Intonation. I still say that day two of Intonation 2006 is one of the weirdest and all over big(ish) festival lineups ever.

Bloc Party, Dead Prez, Robert Pollard, Jon Brion, Blue Cheer, Lupe Fiasco, Annie, Rhymefest, The Constantines, The Sword, Panthers, Bill Dolan, Tyrades

June 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I was at the first Rothbury in 2008. Amazing experience–too bad they couldn’t get it together again after 2009

June 18, 2013 at 2:06 am

Also, I knew All Points West would be old when I saw The Black Keys weren’t headlining.

June 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

The antipodes have a festival called the ‘Big Day Out’. It was amazing and then the evil Ken West, cancelled Odd Future, Kanye, then the whole damn thing! Just the New Zealand parts though but we missed YYYs, Vampire Weekend and Death Grips. I was so pissed off.

June 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I think DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, FL is worth mentioning after an awesome 3 year run (STP, 311, Bush, Daughtry, 30STM, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, ZBB, Florence and the Machine, Cake, Michael Franti, just to name a few). Let’s not forget about 311 having there own “311 Pow Wow Fest” in Live Oak, FL. It only happened one year, which is quite disappointing. I guess that’s just more to add to the FL curse.

June 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

NYC always gets screwed over for music festivals, All Points West was actually a decent fest with good bands :(

June 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

what about Berkfest, the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, in Western Massachusetts? This was THE jamband festival to be at long before (well not that long before) Bonnaroo. I cut my teeth here in high school and college bro!

Anthony Biedenkapp
June 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Starscape in Baltimore, MD should of surely been on this list over a few of the others.

June 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

“According to official word from AEG in regards to a possible 2010 edition”
You’re source is just a little out of date

June 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

A little disappointed to see Starscape in Baltimore, MD not on this list.

June 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

You might want to edit your article because a long standing festival in San Diego….Street Scene was left off your list. It was an awesome festival in the City that turned to shit in the mid 2000’s by moving it all around San Diego for a couple years….instead of you know having it in the ‘Streets’ of San Diego. It finally returned to Downtown San Diego in 2008 & 2009. It was cancelled for 2010, due to mismanagement, greed & low attendance in 2009

Dwide Schrude
June 17, 2013 at 9:33 am


When: 1993

Where: Aurora, IL

What: Something Kajunga

Who: Aerosmith, Gin Blossoms, Crucial Taunt, Rip Taylor

Why: No more sequels :(

Today: ?

Michael Roffman
June 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

A pain I know too well.

B. M.H.
June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

how about the virgin fests in toronto, we had a few good years in the island.

June 17, 2013 at 1:41 am

Hundreds of Chicagoans are yelling Intonation at their computer.

Alex Young
June 17, 2013 at 7:45 am

It technically didn’t go away.

Canaan Lamp
June 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

DeLuna Fest. There’s one you forgot


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