Following a three year-run co-producing Moogfest, festival promoters AC Entertainment set out on their last year and launched the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. The three-day festival brought Nine Inch Nails, Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and others to Asheville last October. However, AC has decided to “press the ‘pause’ button” on further installments of Mountain Oasis, citing an increase in unspecified challenges.
The festival said in a statement posted Monday:
It’s true. We’ve decided to press the “pause” button on Mountain Oasis for 2014 in Asheville. It’s been a difficult decision. We’re very proud of what we’ve created and produced over the past four years in Asheville: Moogfest 2010 – 2012 and Mountain Oasis 2013. The enthusiasm and response from those who attended and supported those festivals was amazing – a true inspiration for all of us here at AC.
Unfortunately, the success necessary to sustain the venture has eluded us. And many of the challenges we have faced in producing the festival have increased. It feels more and more like we’re trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. So, after four years of considerable investment and hard work, we’ve decided to put Mountain Oasis on hold, while we pursue some exciting opportunities elsewhere.
We want to thank all of the passionate, supportive fans who have attended the festivals, the wonderful artists who have played, and the many enthusiastic supporters in the community who have helped and encouraged us.
We love Asheville. After a quarter of a century as Asheville’s major concert producer, we’ll continue booking all of the great shows at the Orange Peel and working with everyone at the US Cellular Center to bring top artists and shows to town. And perhaps, at some point in the future, we will have an opportunity to create another festival that highlights this “mountain oasis.”
AC is still responsible for three other music festivals: Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and The Big Ears Festival. Meanwhile, Moogfest will take place (sans AC’s involvement) during the weekend of April 23rd-27th. The lineup includes Kraftwerk, M.I.A., Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Pet Shop Boys, and many more.