Laneway Detroit 2014 Cancelled, Future Unclear for Festival
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2013 via the festival
Detroit, Michigan -- Earlier this week, the promoters of the Detroit edition of St. Jerome's Laneway Festival announced that the event would not be returning in 2014. In a very short post on its website, they cited "artists' scheduling" as the main motivation behind the cancellation in an attempt to not "compromise the quality of the festival we all expect."
Laneway began in 2004 in Melbourne, opting for an urban festival mindset as opposed to the camping culture that has led the field in recent years. Since then, it has become an international success, expanding to Detroit last year. A post on the festival's Facebook page stated, "We tried to get the very few acts that we felt would be appropriate for Laneway and none of them were available."
With this being the second festival to cancel in Detroit within a matter of weeks, one cannot help but wonder if the city's bankruptcy has something to do with the postponements. While DEMF promoters have expressed a guaranteed return in 2015 by already offering tickets, the Laneway staff seem far more reluctant, simply commenting that they, "hope to return to Detroit again" next year. At this point, it seems that the event's future is up in the air.