Friday, January 22, 2010

Rothbury canceled for 2010 - could return in 2011

The promoters of Rothbury Music Festival, which for the past two years has featured some of the best lineups of any festival, have announced they will postpone the festival for 2010.

A statement from the festival's organizers, contributed their "tough" decision out of a "fear" they could not provide festival goers with the "cutting edge roster that everyone has come to expect from Rothbury". The statement cited various artists recording and touring schedules as a main factor for their failure to assemble another high-quality lineup in 2010.

Organizers do intend to move toward continuing the festival in 2011.

"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," the statement said. "Rothbury is more than a festival. It is a mission intended to discover strength in community, and what it means to be a large-scale sustainable event in these times. Our efforts are certainly not coming to an end."

Rothbury is an environmentally-friendly festival that was held in Rothbury, Michigan in 2008 and 2009. The festival featured some of the most dynamic lineups of any festival in the past two years with bands like The Dead, String Cheese Incident, Younder Mountain String Band, Bob Dylan and Primus, among a number of other top level jam and rock acts to perform at the festival over the past two years. In 2009, the festival brought in 50,000 attendees.

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