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Denver’s Grandoozy will be taking a hiatus in 2019

After debuting only last year, Grandoozy had high hopes for Denver, Colorado… but perhaps its sights were set a little too high. The Superfly Presents festival generated enough hype leading up to its inaugural year that placed it on par with ACL, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, and perhaps even one day Coachella. While the festival had a relatively successful first year, with huge headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, and Stevie Wonder, something seemed to fall flat.

As with any festival, especially within its first year, there’s bound to be a few missteps. Among those were noise complaints from neighboring communities to it’s location at the Overland Golf Course, located just south of downtown Denver. In addition, attendee complained about exorbitant ticketing prices. However, the biggest issue for the newcomer festival was how its line-up curation failed to hit the mark in terms of catering to the musical tastes in Colorado.

Denver, as many well know, has an extremely vibrant and extremely specific music scene. It’s a place where there’s just generally less excitement for the commercially-oriented lineups that would usually appeal to the Coachella crowd. Thankfully, organizers recognized that fact right out of the gate and have decided to take a hiatus year in 2019 to re-shift and refocus.

Only time will tell whether the decision is a gap year or a full cancellation, but organizers sound as if Grandoozy’s return is an inevitability.