Moonrise Festival cancelled
Moonrise Festival, the electronic-heavy event slated as Starscapeâ€™s successor, has been cancelled, festival organizers announced Wednesday. According to the statement released by organizers and posted on the festivalâ€™s website, the final permit required for hosting the event â€świll not be approved.â€ť The two day festival was to take place at Port Covingtonâ€™s Sun Park. The festivalâ€™s announced lineup included Pretty Lights, STS9, Avicii, Borgore and Flux Pavilion.
With less than three weeks until the eventâ€™s June 8 and 9Â dates, many fans reacted with outrage, taking to the festivalâ€™s Facebook page to express their anger and disappointment. Moonriseâ€™s lineupâ€”heavy on popular DJs and EDM actsâ€”promised to draw fans from both near and far. Organizers had hoped to avoid problems they encountered with Starscape, an annual all-night event which was ultimately moved from Fort Armistead Park and re-billed as Moonrise after experiencing a rash of problems, including overcrowding and numerous drug overdoses.
Moonrise appeared on track to overcome Starscapeâ€™s reputation as a hazard-ridden free-for-all and included acts geared towards mainstream audiences, including a headlining set by Snoop Dogg and a lower-billed set by Wu-Tang Clanâ€™s GZA in which he was slated to perform his seminal Liquid Swords album in its entirety.
According to the statement released by promoters, fans can refund ticket purchases from Ticketfly or affiliated outlets. The statement also mentions the possibility of â€śalternative eventsâ€ť in the area that would feature artists from the original Moonrise lineup.