2016 saw the inaugural and seemingly overdue Promowest Fest, taking place the middle weekend of July on the grounds of McFerson Commons Park in Columbus.
It boasted headliners like The Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg, and Modest Mouse, with strong mid-bill and small acts. Cancellations from WALK THE MOON and Tears for Fears set the festival off to a rocky start, and the wristband, cashless passes were met with critical reception, but 30,000 tickets sold.
This past Thursday (January 5), a press release was emailed to festival goers stating that Promowest Fest would be “postponed until at least 2018” in order to find a better, larger space for the festival.
Nothing appears on the Promowest Fest website, with no relevant posts to social media.
Columbus Underground reports that “a new development has been announced” around McFerson Commons Park, for new residential development on some of the unused parking lot space.
I attended Friday of the 2016 festival and absolutely loved the set up. With only two stages, every time a band ended, the crowd migrated to the opposite stage and enjoyed the next great band. There was no endless suffering while waiting an hour for the next band, and the music never stopped.
In my case, I wanted to see Noel Gallagher and Ryan Adams, who were back to back on one of the stages. The crowd dispersed and I managed to be up front for both sets, while still distantly enjoying the music of Fitz & the Tantrums and X Ambassadors.
This year delay will be a major setback for what could have been (and still may become) a massive festival and Lollapalooza alternative for the Midwest area. However, this is likely good news for the Promowest Fest sister festival, Bunbury Music Festival, that will take place June 2 to 4 on the Cincinnati riverfront.
You can check out our Promowest Fest coverage from last year here.
Do you think this will affect the music festival in the future? Let us know what you think.