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Rumors swirled about the Moonrise Festival not happening due to issues getting a permit, however the promoters stifled these with assurances that they did indeed have the proper permits to throw the fest. Unfortunately for them and for the thousands who already bought tickets for the festival, it turns out that they did not. They just posted on the official Facebook page of the event that it would not be able to take place do to them not being able to get a permit. Here is what they posted:

It is with a heavy heart that we regret to announce the cancellation of this year’s Moonrise Festival. Although we have put everything we had into this event trying to make it happen we have hit a roadblock that we just cannot overcome as the final permit needed will not be approved.

We are devastated by what has happened but with just under 3 weeks out from this event we cannot move forward without this final permit. We want to both thank and apologize to the fans, the artists, all members of the media, and everyone else who have supported this event. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. We have battled to keep this event alive and we are absolutely crushed by this turn of events.

Refunds can be received from directly from the Ticketfly webpage or through the outlet that you purchased your ticket from.

We are working on some alternative events in the area that will feature artists who were scheduled to perform on the festival. Please stand by for further information on these events as information confirms.

Though this is unfortunate, it isn’t entirely unheard of. Event promoters are notorious for poor management and not planning ahead. It is irresponsible and disrespectful to the fans to sell tickets to an event that hasn’t even been approved by the local ordinances, and it is not the first. On top of that, the festival advertised buying its tickets up until 6 hours before they posted that the festival would not be taking place.

We saw the same type of story in 2010, when the Winterfresh festival announced that it could not obtain the correct permits 12 hours before the date of the actual festival. As of late, a lot of promoters have come under fire for lack of organization, greed, and now lying about the status of festivals. Could this be the catalyst that starts to shift the focus back to the attendees?