Concert industry insiders have been talking about "festival glut" for several years now, questioning how many of these super-music fests the market will support, and predicting that the bottom eventually will drop out.
Today comes news that the Rothbury Music Festival, a four-day jam fest held in Michigan, will not take place this summer. It has been held on Independence Day weekend since 2008. The press release follows the jump.
Rothbury press release:
ROTHBURY POSTPONEMENT FOR 2010 EVENT January 22, 2010 - Today, festival organizers for the ROTHBURY music festival announced that they will not host a 2010 event.
According to event producers Madison House Presents and AEG Live, a contributing factor in the decision is that, due to various artists' recording and touring schedules, timing will not allow them to assemble the cutting edge roster that has been associated with ROTHBURY. Madison House Presents' Jeremy Stein explains, "The result for this year is that we are not able to move forward with the integrity and high standards that we demand from ourselves and for the festival."
Despite the 2010 postponement, organizers intend to move toward continuing ROTHBURY in 2011. According to Stein, "This event is something very special, and we are unwilling to potentially tarnish what ROTHBURY is, and can become, by working under conditions that will produce anything less than a magical experience. Our efforts are certainly not coming to an end."
For ongoing information regarding ROTHBURY, please monitor www.rothburyfestival.com.