Fewer Festivals for Summer 2012
They’re droppin’ like flies…
It started a month ago when Wilco announced that their Solid Sound Festival wouldn’t be returning for a third annual appearance on the summer schedule at MASS MoCA in North Adams. It was a tough pill to swallow – especially after two back-to-back fabulous festivals that were intelligent, adventurous and surprisingly civilized as far as rock fests go.
Then Tanglewood in Lenox announced that the plug was being pulled on the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, which had become an annual end-of-summer tradition on Labor Day weekend.
Following suit, the latest Nippertown music festival to disappear from the summer fest schedule is the Big Up Music & Arts Festival. Shireworks Productions, which operated the fest at Sunnyview Farm in Ghent for the past several years, issued a statement which read in part:
“It is with much disappointment that we must announce that The Big Up will be taking an unexpected hiatus this year. However, in the face of this disappointment, we maintain the position that sacrifices must be made in order to keep an eye on the bigger picture.
As a festival, we couldn’t have been happier with TBU 2011, and we have you, the fans and the family to thank for making it as magical as we all remember. The fact of the matter is that there are factors beyond our control that have forced us to make a very difficult decision.”
Like Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, the organizers of the Big Up insist that the festival will return in 2013.