Another One Bites the Dust: Wakarusa Music Festival Announces Hiatus

The times they are a changin’ for music festivals.

Last month celebrated fest Gathering of the Vibes announced that after 20 years it would take a break in 2016, and the newest festival to join the group of events taking (at least) a year off is Wakarusa.


The festival’s organizers broke the news yesterday through a public social media post, noting that legal issues with disagreeable partners are to blame for the leave of absence. But according to the statement, Waka will return:

“Wakarusa was significantly damaged by partners claiming to share our vision. Sadly, they lied. They are being dealt with appropriately through the legal system. Further, we have found that the universe is often much more effective in dealing with these perpetrators than the legal system. Regardless, it is our sincere hope and anticipation that what we have built together, we will once again enjoy on our beloved and magical mountain.

For now, we shall dust ourselves off. We must take time to recharge our faith and our energy. Passionate people do not throw in the towel because of a bump in the road. We look brightly toward the future. We will bring more music and more art and many more wickedly unrivaled memories. We know the world is a better place when there is more music and more love…”

Founded in 2005, the five-day event held on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arizona, offered fans a consistent, heavy lineup of artists throughout the past 12 years, including the String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, Twiddle, Moon Taxi, and often introduced eventgoers to rising bands like the Magic Beans.

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