Wait 'Till Next Year? Rothbury Cancels 2010 Festival

I was bummed by the news, but maybe there’s a good reason why Rothbury organizers cancelled this year’s festival.

The only news I have so far comes from the email I received yesterday from Rothbury’s PR saying that the event’s producers Madison House Presents and AEG Live decided to cancel Rothbury 2010 “…due to various artists’ recording and touring schedules, timing will not allow them to assemble the cutting edge roster that has been associated with ROTHBURY.”

Madison House Presents’ Jeremy Stein further explained things saying, “The result for this year is that we are not able to move forward with the integrity and high standards that we demand from ourselves and for the festival. This event is something very special, and we are unwilling to potentially tarnish what ROTHBURY is, and can become, by working under conditions that will produce anything less than a magical experience. Our efforts are certainly not coming to an end.”



But Rothbury isn’t ending for good.

Organizers plan to have ROTHBURY live on in 2011. And as the Muskegon Chronicle reports, the local Michigan community announced plans just 24 hours later after the cancellation annoucement to have a “Rothbury Homegrown” festival.

Was It A Complete Surprise?

Whatever Rothbury’s fate may be, Colleen and I have had a lot of fun covering Rothbury the last two years. 

But to be honest it’s not a complete surprise that Rothbury isn’t happening in 2010.

After last year, I kind of felt something like this was coming. 

Looking back at Rothbury 2009, I remember how difficult it was to pull things together with the land leasing issue surrounding the Double JJ Ranch and the temporary lease aggrement with AEG Live. 

And though I had some of my favorite concert moments at Rothbury, from a line-up standpoint, the bill last year wasn’t as strong as it was for Rothbury 2008. 

So maybe that’s what Stein is alluding to. And maybe they are better off not having Rothbury this year so they can work on securing the best line-up possible for 2011. 

Well, this is the first news of a major festival not happening in 2010, so I wonder if any others will face the same fate? Are we going to see the summer music festival bubble continue to pop as the year unfolds?

Until 2011: A Rothbury Recap Tribute

Since Rothbury fans won’t be getting their fix this year, I’d like to offer this quick tribute. I’ve had fun covering Rothbury from all angles beyond the music, so I’d to share with you a few Live Fix posts that captured the best of our Rothbury experiences from the last two years.

Live Preview: The Road To Rothbury 2009

Rothbury Wrap Up Part One: Emotional Recall

Rothbury Wrap Up Part Two:  Sensual Collison with the Michigan State Police

Rothbury Wrap Up Part Three: The Green Team

Final Live Events review on Ink19

What are your favorite Rothbury memories and experiences?

Do you plan to go to a different festival this summer in replace of Rothbury?

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  • nohomegrown

    if there is a 2011 i will be standing at the gates the moment it opens. if there is a 2011 my friends i and will dance and cry out of pure joy. rothbury was my favorite music festival ever! with nearly thirty festivals under my belt (wheatland, lollapallozza, bonnaroo) this was the one place that had such an energy, positive vibe, and all encompassing love to it, that it is the highlight of my year. I have met some of the coolest people from new york, alabama, connecticut, south dakota, california, texas etc. i have met some of the best people, and some of my best friends because of that festival. it will be sourly missed. I will not attend any sort of rothbury homegrown festival put together at the last minute by a guy that runs a campground. if i want some local music there is always dunegrass and wheatland. i think this year my rothbury dollars are going to be used to go to all good, and a few smaller midwest fest. no matter how much fun i have this summer i will be crying on the inside for the lose of something too wonderful to continue.

  • nohomegrown

    if there is a 2011 i will be standing at the gates the moment it opens. if there is a 2011 my friends i and will dance and cry out of pure joy. rothbury was my favorite music festival ever! with nearly thirty festivals under my belt (wheatland, lollapallozza, bonnaroo) this was the one place that had such an energy, positive vibe, and all encompassing love to it, that it is the highlight of my year. I have met some of the coolest people from new york, alabama, connecticut, south dakota, california, texas etc. i have met some of the best people, and some of my best friends because of that festival. it will be sourly missed. I will not attend any sort of rothbury homegrown festival put together at the last minute by a guy that runs a campground. if i want some local music there is always dunegrass and wheatland. i think this year my rothbury dollars are going to be used to go to all good, and a few smaller midwest fest. no matter how much fun i have this summer i will be crying on the inside for the lose of something too wonderful to continue.

  • http://christophercatania.com/ Chris Catania

    @nohomegrown thanks for stoping by and being honest about your feelings on Rothbury. I would imagine you’re not alone in feeling that way. Be sure to keep us updated on what you plan to do with your summer festival plans, we’d love to hear your stories. 😉

  • http://christophercatania.com Chris Catania

    @nohomegrown thanks for stoping by and being honest about your feelings on Rothbury. I would imagine you’re not alone in feeling that way. Be sure to keep us updated on what you plan to do with your summer festival plans, we’d love to hear your stories. 😉

  • asaad sam

    hear through the grapevine that rothberry is still on for this year at a new location about 30 minutes away for its original spot… can anyone prove or unprove this info ???

    hit me up at asaadmma422@aim.com with any helpful info

  • asaad sam

    hear through the grapevine that rothberry is still on for this year at a new location about 30 minutes away for its original spot… can anyone prove or unprove this info ???

    hit me up at asaadmma422@aim.com with any helpful info

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