As of 12:15PM, it has been announced that Phases of the Moon is officially CANCELLED. The festival is citing a number of unforeseen obstacles including road closures. See below for more info.
Here are some of our favorite replies on the official Phases of the Moon Facebook page:
BELOW IS OUR ORIGINAL POST PRIOR TO OFFICIAL WORD COMING OUT FROM THE PEOPLE AT PHASES OF THE MOON.
All it took was one post. One post to stop productivity in workplaces across the Midwest for hungry music fans who were looking forward to a weekend filled with their favorite bands at one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country, Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. As many folks flipped their calendar over to September… the countdown was on! October 15 was just over six weeks away!
This was set to be the debut of Phases of the Moon at their new site, Mulberry Mountain, which hosts the ever popular Wakarusa Festival each June and the former home to the Harvest Music Festival (R.I.P.) which was cancelled earlier this year, and coincidentally enough replaced by Phases of the Moon.
On Tuesday September 1, 2015 at around 10AM CST… Andy Frasco, the energetic fro’ed front man for the California funk-rock outfit Andy Frasco and the U.N. posted this…
THE SHIT STORM BEGAN!
Within minutes the Phases of the Moon Facebook page had exploded with people asking them for more information:
The festival was set to feature a lineup that included more than 60 bands ranging from STS9 and The Disco Biscuits, to Moe. and Warren Haynes. Also set to perform were grassy favorites Leftover Salmon and the Yonder Mountain String Band, who previously hosted the Harvest Music Festival at the same site prior to it being canned earlier this year. It is definitely a bummer for fans of the headliners, but the middle and under-card to this lineup is where it was at. Those regionally popular bands who were looking forward to the opportunity to play to bigger crowds than they draw on a normal Thursday night at Tom’s Tavern. Bands like Concert Confessions favorite Dirtfoot or Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band. The Hillbenders were going to play The Who’s “Tommy” while Larry Keel was set to lead a Jerry Garcia Tribute.
This isn’t the first festival at Mulberry Mountain ran by Pipeline Productions to run into problems. Just this past June, less than two weeks before they were set to throw the Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival, word came out that the festival was being cancelled due to a “funding disagreement” with The Madison Companies and Horsepower Entertainment. That case has since ended up in federal court as a class-action lawsuit brought forth by Pipeline Productions.
If it shapes up to be true, Phases of the Moon may need to seek a new moniker if they intend to return in 2016. The 2014 Inaugural edition of the festival ran into many issues at their previous site in Danville, Illinois including many festival patrons who had purchased tickets and camping passes not being let in to the venue due to excessive rain that impacted the site in the days leading up to the festival. Reports of people waiting in line for as much as 20 hours or more were not uncommon. Once you were inside the gates however, the stories were different. Many say it was one of the best festivals they have ever experienced.