When the Florida-based, Live Nation-supported event, Okeechobee Music Festival, didn’t release a line-up at their usual time, fans began to scratch their heads. Rumors that the event would not be taking place began to enter the conversations of attendees and hopefuls. Thanks to The Festive Owl, those conversations went viral and were all but confirmed.
After reaching out to sources at the festival, it appeared that Okeechobee was on hold for 2019. Still, there was a glimmer of hope when Okeechobee posted “hang in there” over their socials, that “announcements would be coming soon.”
A few weeks ago, on November 9, Festive Owl confirmed that Okeechobee’s parent company (Soundslinger) “had folded” and, as a result, “the festival remains in limbo.”
Now fans were beginning to lose hope upon the news broke that the grounds were being put up for sale. To compound on that, it was also reported at the time that Okeechobee Music Festival had not even applied for a permit in 2019.
“It’s pretty safe to say there won’t be a festival this year,” said Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier to a local news source.
Ten days later, on November 19, the official minutes of the meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners were made public, confirming everyone’s worst fears: The festival would not be returning.
When asked whether Okeechobee would return in 2020, @TheFestiveOwl replied, “I wouldn’t hold my breath. They have *zero* staff. So, unless someone with structure in place buys it all…it’s easy to see the answer.”
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