What’s been a winding road ridden with uncertainties has now come to a complete full stop as just eight days before its kickoff, Northern Michigan’s UpNorth Music & Arts Festival has officially made the announcement that this year’s festival will not happen.With headliners like Rezz, Louis The Child, and G Jones, the festival’s cancellation comes as a disappointment to many — unfortunately — but not one many festival goers were shocked by, as UpNorth was transparent and expressed concern in its secured land specifics last week.
According to the festival, the owners for its original venue Twisted Trails, after initially granting them permission to use their land for the event, then became unwilling to work with them — at this time, for an unknown reason. The festival proceeded to their backup property but was unable to “allocate the personnel needed to hold the event,” which includes EMS, fire department, production, and law enforcement.
The official announcement was made on UpNorth’s Facebook page stating, “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you UpNorth Festival will not be happening this year.”
“Eight months ago Twisted Trails granted us permission to have the event, so we went onsale with tickets. As things developed and we learned that the owners were no longer willing to work with us, we tried purchasing the land. We were unable to make this happen, so we went to our backup property. After gaining approvals from a new county, new landowner, EMS, fire departments, rearranging production, routing artists, creating new site and emergency plans, sourced additional security, the local law enforcement could not source enough personnel to sign off on the event. We tried contacting state police and other officers in the area. However we were unable to allocate the personnel needed to hold the event.”
The festival states that refunds will be given at individual points of purchase. Additionally, the festival reached out to its ticket buyers in an effort to still provide an experience through an extension of 75% off tickets to Summer Set with an access code. Access Ticketfly support or read UpNorth’s full statement here.
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