As music festival lineups go, Pennsylvania's Karoondinha Festival had quite a good one: John Legend, Chance the Rapper and ODESZA were slated to headline, with support from scene favorites Paramore and PVRIS, among others.
But it was not to be: On June 27, festival organizers decided to pull the plug on Karoondinha in its inaugural year. The festival was to take place near Penn State University from July 21-23.
According to Billboard, siblings Kaleena and Paul Rallis raised over $5 million from investors to fund the festivals, but ticket sales fell extremely short, leading the Rallis siblings to the decision to cancel. Since the decision, the Karoondinha website and social media accounts have gone dark.
“The event as planned will not take place July 21-31, 2017,” Paul Rallis told Billboard. “We’re looking at other options at this moment and hope we can make something happen in some way. We’re not walking away from the vision of the idea in any way, because our commitment is still to make something great happen in this area—it’s just not going to take place on the scheduled days.”
Kaleena Rallis told Billboard that the organizers overspent on areas such as marketing and publicity, also lending a hand in the event's cancelation.
Refunds have not yet been coordinated, but are in the works between Karoondinha and the ticketing outlet Eventbrite.
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