This year's Langerado Festival in Miami, Florida, has been canceled, the fest's organizers revealed today in a statement. The seventh annual Langerado, scheduled for March 6-8th at Miami's Bicentennial Park, was set to feature performances by Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams, Snoop Dogg, Deerhunter, Thievery Corporation and many more. "Sluggish ticket sales" were the reason for the cancellation according to the festival's Website, as "Langerado's independent local promoters, faced with a very tough decision in a dismal economy, canceled the 2009 event only after every possible option was exhausted."
"Unfortunately, during these difficult economic times, and facing a first year in a new venue, it's become apparent that we cannot execute a production that lives up to the high standards of our past events," Langerado Co-Promoter Ethan Schwartz said. "Putting Langerado on hold was the toughest decision we have ever had to make. We are very grateful for the support of the greater-Miami community and the music community during this difficult time." All tickets purchased for the event will be refunded.
It seems like all facets of the music industry, from album sales to ticket sales to merchandising, is bracing for or is already feeling the inevitable effects of the recession. Sadly, Langerado is one of the first of many festivals that will either be canceled or postponed due to the current economy. British Columbia's Pemberton Festival also announced plans to take 2009 off to focus on their 2010 fest.