In related music fest news, the Langerado Music Festival that was to take place March 6-8 has been cancelled. The Miami, FL based fest has been around for 5 years, but couldn’t proceed due to “sluggish ticket sales.” This was a relatively surprising announcement, considering the fantastic line-up that included many indie/pop favorites (Death Cab, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Girl Talk, Chromeo, Dashboard Confessional, Ryan Adams, Black Kids, etc).
However, it didn’t draw huge, nostalgic headliners like Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Paul McCartney and Beastie Boys. The fact that Miami isn’t the easiest “drive-to” destination for most of the country likely played a factor as well. I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend, and unfortunately, many music fans were feeling similar economic effects. As loyal as indie music fans are, I would assume most can only go to 1 festival per year.
It will be interesting to see how other festivals combat rough, recession times. Big destinations like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits might have a loyal enough fan base to withstand down years, but what about relative newcomers? The new hippie-fest, Rothbury, is still scheduled to take place, but only after securing a court sanctioned lease to play on the bankrupt resort, in Western MI. Will Michigan’s well known problems be more of a hinderance? Last summer’s Detroit Electronic Music Festival had its biggest year since 2004 even though the Michigan economy dipped. What about Pitchfork, All Points West, and Summer Camp? With the explosion of weekend music fests the past few summers, its hard to believe all will survive.