Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival has been canceled for 2019

After months of radio silence from the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, organizers announced on Thursday afternoon that the 2019 gathering has been canceled, but say it will return in March 2020.

Festival brass did not give an explanation for the hiatus, writing in a Thursday post on the festival’s social-media accounts that “we have decided to take a fallow year and not hold our annual Okeechobee Fest in 2019.”

The announcement follows months of speculation about the future of the sprawling music-and-art spectacle that has called the 800-acre Sunshine Grove campground home since 2016. Although Okeechobee’s parent company, Soundslinger LLC, typically announces the festival’s music lineup in September and October, the festival’s social-media pages have remained dormant since Sept. 13.

After selling out its 2016 and 2017 festivals, drawing more than 30,000 visitors each year to grove north of Lake Okeechobee, the 2018 edition featured performances from Arcade Fire, the Roots, Travis Scott, Bassnectar, Leon Bridges, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and Joey Bada$$.

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