ARISE Music Festival has canceled its forthcoming event, slated for May 27 through 29 in Boone, Colo. The organizers behind the festival shared the news in a statement on social media that attributed the cancelation to the denial of a special events application from Pueblo County Planning Department and Colorado Department of Transportation. Moreover, they announced the festival would permanently cease its annual activities going forward.
“With less than two weeks until we are to ARISE together, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of ARISE Music Festival,” shared the festival organizers. “Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the festival scheduled to take place this Memorial Day weekend.”
They continued, “Countless hours, thought, energy and effort have gone into cultivating the vision for ARISE while honoring the festival community that helped create it. Ultimately, Pueblo County Planning Department canceled our special event application because the Pueblo Sheriff and CDOT did not approve the festival for reasons that are not clear.”
The organizers concluded, “The cancellation of ARISE is not the future that the festival had hoped to confront. After almost ten years in production, it is with a heavy heart that the festival must shut its doors permanently. Every employee, artist, vendor, partner and ticket buyer will be impacted so this decision has been excruciating to make.”
Before canceling, this year’s event was set to host Alison Wonderland, Beats Antique, Big Wild, Galactic, Papadosio, The Polish Ambassador, Andy Frasco & The U.N., J. Boog, Dirtwire, Dopapod, Manic Focus, Spafford and more.
All refunds for ARISE Music Festival will be issued in less than 30 days. For more information, visit arisefestival.com.
Read the full statement below.