As promoter Randy Leys recent announced, the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota based 10,000 Lakes Music Festival will be on an “official hiatus until further notice.”
“We want you to know we have heard your voices as a community and the 10,000 Lakes Festival wants to deeply thank all of our fans, artists and attendees for seven amazing years at Soo Pass Ranch,” Leys wrote in the statement. “While 10,000 Lakes will be on hiatus for 2010, we believe that the music never stops. It can’t, you make it possible.”
Speaking with the Morris Sun Tribune, Leys explained that, after seven summers, the festival had been unable to grow to “financial success.”
At the end of the day, not enough people bought tickets, said Leys. After seven years, you either build a big enough audience that you can surmount your mistakes, or you dont.”
Leys did add, however, that he hopes to reinvent 10,000 Lakes so it could return in the future. If the opportunity is there to resurrect the show under a business model, I think that can work, he added.
Since forming in 2003, 10,000 Lakes has hosted the likes of The Flaming Lips, Dave Matthews Band, Phil Lesh, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio, and Wilco among others. We’ll of course update you as more information becomes available.