After its debut in 2018, the Grandoozy music festival is taking a hiatus in 2019. The organizers announced it this afternoon via a press release.
“After a successful debut in September of 2018, Grandoozy shares that it will be taking a hiatus in 2019. Superfly, the producers behind Grandoozy, feel a special connection to Denver and its people and intends to use its hiatus as an opportunity to create a festival that is even more unique, sustainable, and integrated into the region’s local and creative community. The company is proud of the world-class festival they delivered for a world-class city and is truly humbled by the praise and support Grandoozy received in its inaugural year from the fans, artists, vendors and the city of Denver” – Grandoozy Official Statement,
This may come as a surprise to some, as the festival was generally well received. Additionally, the festival has a five-year contract with the city of Denver, which to many signaled its legacy. Unfortunately, rumors of low tickets sales may have caused Superfly to put on the breaks. This isn’t the first time, Superfly (who also puts on major music festivals nationwide), has pulled back from returning festivals. Back in 2018, Arizona’s second iteration of Lost Lake was canceled — even after a lineup was dropped. However, unlike Lost Lake, Superfly doesn’t seem to put the nail in the coffin just yet for Grandoozy and a 2020 event could still be in the cards — although Superfly declined to comment on the topic for now.
In the meantime, their decision to investigate further into the pulse of this city showcases the festivals desire to truly thrive beyond their already established name.
Superfly is also in charge of co-producing some of the most well-known festivals in the nation, including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. With a history like that, we can only hope that their return will surpass the already high expectations met in 2018.