As standalone destination festivals continue to supplement smaller tours over the Summer months, It’s getting to where there might be an oversaturation point. The more successful and established tours (Ozzfest meets Knotfest, Rock on the Range, Aftershock) are continuing to excel, but one new festival, Revolution Rock, has just pulled the plug on what was to have been their sophomore year. The Fest, which was to have taken place on September 8th and 9th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, was a destination fest for New England that was to feature Five Finger Death Punch, Zakk Sabbath, Steel Panther, Halestorm, Shinedown and more. The reasoning for it’s cancellation was vague, simply stating “circumstances beyond our control.” Here’s the text of the press release:
Revolution Rock Festival producers announced today that, due to circumstances beyond their control, the festival has been canceled this year. The event was to be held outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino on September 8-9, 2017.
“We offer our sincerest apologies to the artists that were set to perform and to the fans that were planning on attending Revolution Rock this year,” commented festival co-producers AEG Presents and Foxwoods Resort Casino. “Our hope is to recalibrate and return in 2018 with an even better festival experience for the incredible rock fans of New England.”
Refunds will be offered to all ticket purchasers beginning today at 5:00 PM and will be initiated by the ticketing company.
At the end of the day, it could be as simple as lack of ticket sales to the event. While a few months ago, Five Finger Death Punch’s lead singer situation might have made organizers uncomfortable, they have shows before and after the Revolution Rock date, and everything seems to be stable there. It’s not like AEG is a fly by night operation – they know what they’re doing when it comes to festivals. We’ll see what happens and hopefully it’ll return next year.