NiFi festival — slated to feature Green Day, Miranda Lambert — canceled

Moon Taxi was slated to play at the now canceled NiFi Festival at the Kentucky Motor Speedway. But they will return to the Moontower Music Festival Aug. 29 in Lexington. Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

Moon Taxi was slated to play at the now canceled NiFi Festival at the Kentucky Motor Speedway. But they will return to the Moontower Music Festival Aug. 29 in Lexington. Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will not rock the last weekend in August after all.

The inaugural NiFi Festival, slated for Aug. 28 to 30 with headliners Green Day, Miranda Lambert and Kings of Leon, has been canceled, according to the event website.

“We simply cannot deliver the NiFi vision and fan experience, at our desired level of excellence,” the post on the front page of the website says. According to some reports, including Cincinnati TV station WCPO, the post at one point added, “given the lack of ticket sales to date,” though it appears that phrase has been deleted.

Also deleted are NiFi’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The post did say tickets will be refunded through the vendor, Ticketfly.

According to the Dallas Morning News’ Guide Live, the festival was supposed to go to the Texas Motor Speedway next year, likely Memorial Day weekend. But the status of that event is unknown. The organizers were Nitro Fidelity entertainment and Speedway Motorsports Inc.

One apparent beneficiary of the cancellation is the second annual Moontower Music Festival, slated for Aug. 29 in Masterson Station Park, and whose headliner, Moon Taxi, was also slated to play NiFi. On its Facebook page, Moontower was offering a 15 percent discount on tickets to people who emailed a copy of their NiFi ticket.

Of course, this does not leave the Bluegrass State bereft of multi-day rock festivals. Louisville’s venerable Forecastle Festival starts this afternoon with headliners Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic. Check out LexGo.com over the weekend for updates.

 

 

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