The festival business can be tough. Changing consumer habits, shifting government attitudes and permits and the rising artist fees can make it difficult to survive. Bonanza Campout had to deal with the second issue, attempting to grapple with Utah authorities. They canceled the 2019 festival last week after Utah state officials refused to grant it a liquor license.
"We regret to inform you that due to being denied the necessary licensing and permits from Wasatch County and the Utah DABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control), Bonanza Campout has made the decision to cancel this year’s event,” writes the festival in a statement on their website.
Refunds are in the process of being given back and they hope to have some news on a 2020 festival soon.
“After reviewing all alternative options, we have come to the conclusion that there is no possible way to relocate the festival and still provide both artists and attendees with the same level of production and fan experience that Bonanza Campout has become known for,” the statement continues.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that authorities cited past violations for drug and alcohol offenses as the reason to refuse the proper permits.