What had at one point been a very strong festival market, notably for electronic music, is now starting to look somewhat depleted after these past few weeks. Over the weekend Georgia-based EDM festival Counterpoint Music & Arts Festival announced that it had canceled its 2016 edition, following in the unfortunate footsteps of SFX bankruptcy casualty TomorrowWorld.
In a statement on Facebook, the festival claims that it is working on "several options concerning the festival's return."
It continues, "As the year continues we ask that you remember to embody the ideals the festival was founded on: break out of the mold, continue to think differently and always, always be the CounterPoint."
Counterpoint was founded in 2012 with a lineup that included the likes of Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Avicii, Skrillex, M83, Wale, Big Gigantic, Steve Angello, Zedd, Big Boi and Alesso all on the bill. It struggled right off of the bat and did not return the next year in 2013.
It returned in 2014, using the Outkast reunion tour as its main selling point, with other additions like J. Cole, Pretty Lights, Foster The People, Major Lazer, Above & Beyond and Big Gigantic to headline its lineup. 2015 had another strong lineup, headlined by Kygo, Zedd, The Roots, Knife Party, What So Not, Umphrey's McGee, Dillon Francis, Chet Faker and others. However last year had been dogged by rumors that the festival was going to be canceled in the weeks leading up to it.
Counterpoint normally takes place at the end of May at Kingston Downs, Georgia.
There hadn't been any announcements about the festival, so this shouldn't be too big a surprise for many.