Another one bites the dust. Karoondinha Festival was canceled before it even got off the ground. Organizers tell Billboard that rising costs, coupled with poor ticket sales and lack of sponsorship deals have caused the cancelation.
It shouldn’t be all that surprising to see this happen. The lineup was good, but wasn’t something that stood out as something that would wow a wide segment of the populous. Chance The Rapper was headlining for the 10,000th time on the festival circuit this summer. Are John Legend and Paramore really going to bring people to a remote spot of Pennsylvania?
The website and social media accounts have been taken down, which may leave many who actually bought tickets wondering how they are going to get their money back.
Paul Rallis, one of the organizers tells Billboard, “We are looking at that next and have to have some other discussions on what that process will turn out to be.”
Eventbrite, the ticket vendor for the festival, commented to Billboard, “We will work closely with them to process refunds as quickly as possible for those interested in cancelling their orders. Details on timeframe to follow."
Following some high profile cancelations this year such as Fyre Festival and Pemberton Festival in British Columbia, who’s parent company declared bankruptcy, Karoondinha is another example of the festival market seemingly hitting its peak.