Gathering of the Vibes to Take a Break in 2016

The year after its 20th annual edition, popular music festival Gathering of the Vibes will take a break in 2016.

Festival founder Ken Hays announced today that he needs a “time out,” calling producing the festival as an independent promoter a challenging endeavor.

According to the statement posted on the festival’s website and social media and emailed to the festival’s mailing list:

This is not the end of the Vibes, my friends; it’s simply a pause, an opportunity for us all to reflect on the memories, explore new and exciting festival initiatives while planning our triumphant return in 2017.

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The four-day festival started as a gathering at SUNY Purchase for people mourning the loss of Jerry Garcia in 1996, and it has had strong ties to the Grateful Dead community ever since, hosting all of the original band members at various points throughout the festival’s 2o years. The festival was held in several New York locations before relocating to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.