There’s been radio silence in terms of announcements about the 2014 Belfast Free Range Music Festival, but as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, there’s finally an answer: the festival this year has been cancelled, though organizers plan to hold another one in 2015.
The reason? Well, in a post on the Free Range Fest website by festival co-founder Meg Fournier, she explains that the six core members of the festival’s organizing committee have had a very busy year having babies, starting businesses and working outside of Belfast. Resources for the festival are strapped, so in the interest of providing the best experience for everyone involved, this year’s iteration of the event has been canceled.
“This little break will give us time to restructure and grow the core organizing crew, as well as work on exciting changes to the festival layout that will make the event more sustainable,” said Fournier.
The BFRMF has grown from a tiny gathering of several hundred music fans in its first year in 2010 to a two-day event that drew nearly 1,000 people. It’s eclectic mix of indie rock, singer-songwriters, jazz, Latin, rockabilly, folk and everything in between attracted both musicians and festival-goers of all ages, from all over the country. It was traditionally held the last Saturday of April, and was an intimate, affordable way to see a lot of unique music in a beautiful coastal town. It has hosted bands including Jazz Mandolin Project, O’Death, Ava Luna, the Ghost of Paul Revere, the Gawler Family, Coke Weed, Arborea, When Particles Collide, Michael Hurley and many others.