This year's Louder Than Life festival, which was scheduled to take place September 28-30 at Champions Park in Lousville, Kentucky, has been canceled.
According to the Courier Journal, a combination of heavy rain and around 25,000 fans during during Saturday's Bourbon & Beyond festival turned areas of the River Road park into mud pits that were ankle-deep in spots. The city declared the park unsafe and Sunday, the second day of Bourbon & Beyond, was canceled. Both Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Lifeare produced by Danny Wimmer Presents.
Earlier today, Danny Wimmer Presents released the following statement:
"Dear Louder Than Life fans,
"It is with deep regret that we inform you that this weekend's Louder Than Life festival has been canceled due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site — Champions Park. After carefully inspecting the grounds and infrastructure this evening, the City and we have determined that it is no longer possible to make the festival site safe in time for this weekend.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fans, the numerous offers to come out and help, and the herculean efforts of the City of Louisville in trying to make the festival happen. The one thing we will never sacrifice is the safety of our fans, bands, staff and patrons.
"Before making the decision to cancel the festival, we looked at every option, from moving the event to another location to breaking the event up into smaller events in various venues. Unfortunately, it's not logistically possible, and the weather is just not cooperating. It is not safe to attempt to move equipment, and replacement equipment is not available.
"We are so proud of this year's festival experience that included incredible music, a showcase for Louisville's great food scene, and of course an unparalleled offering of Kentucky bourbon, and more. We're so disappointed to not get the chance to share all of this with you. This year's Louder Than Life was going to be the momentous experience you all deserve.
"We will be back next year even bigger and better, and look forward to continuing our relationship with our incredible fans and this great city.
"As a result of this cancelation, DWP will be offering full refunds for all ticket, official hotel and camping package purchases.
"For those who purchased via Front Gate Tickets via internet or phone, orders will be processed automatically. Please allow up to 3 weeks for charges to be processed.
"For any further questions or assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org."
The fifth installment of the Louder Than Life was scheduled to feature a wide range of music artists, including NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, GODSMACK, DEFTONES, LIMP BIZKIT, ICE CUBE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN, SHINEDOWNand many more acts on three stages, along with award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and the best food Louisville has to offer.