According to the facebook page Rosfest says "goodbye for now."
I know there are members on here who have been to Rosfest(I've even met some of you guys there) so I thought I would post this for those who don't use facebook. Although I personally doubt RF will return I'm glad to see they are open to the possibility of it maybe returning at some point.
Kind of sad but that's the way these things go. RF obviously isn't the only casualty this year.
You can read the facebook post here where it goes into detail: https://www.facebook.com/RoSfest/
Re: RIP Rosfest
For those too lazy or don't want to log on to facebook here is the complete announcement:
The Rites of Spring Festival says “Goodbye, for now”.
RoSfest has been a treasure in the progressive rock world for the last 17 years and it has been my privilege to produce and host one of the best progressive rock music festivals in the world, but RoSfest will officially end its 16-year run in 2020. Dedicated to delivering the highest level of talent, production, and timing is central to what RoSfest represented; an outlet for a niche genre called Progressive Rock that provided a venue for new up and coming artists from around the globe.
Running a music festival can be breathtakingly rewarding, but also quite expensive due to production, insurance, venue rental, hotel rental, staff accommodations, band expenses, vehicle rentals, etc. Additionally, the US government has made it harder and harder to acquire permits for working artists from around the world to perform in the US. Increasing artist permit requirements and fees makes it almost impossible for young bands to travel abroad. RoSfest has been a labor of love but has been struggling financially for years and can’t survive another “Covid” crisis. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep operating the festival at a loss.
On a personal note, I feel so lucky to have been part of this organization. To work with such an incredible staff and dedicated volunteers and to interact with the best Progressive audiophiles in the world. RoSfest has been magical and could not have existed without YOU…. the best and most supportive audience anyone could hope for. Without such an incredible community, RoSfest would not have been possible. I am so thankful for all of your support and dedication throughout our festival years.
RoSfest will continue its core mission to support the art of Progressive Rock and may surprise you (at some point) with a special concert in the future. But for now, with tearful heartfelt thanks from all of us at RoSfest, it’s been an honor to interact with such accomplished and inspiring musicians and music lovers in the progressive rock community.
In the words of RoSfest’s production manager, Kevin Madrishin, “We did it right!”
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