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Big Barrel Festival Cancelled

Three months after announcing its 2016 lineup, Big Barrel’s organizers abruptly pulled the plug on the three-day music and camping festival on Thursday.

The festival’s organizers, Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice, which also produce the Firefly Music Festival, did not announce a reason for the cancellation.

Red Frog spokesperson Lauren King and Goldenvoice spokesperson Lindsay Lyons both said no one was available to discuss why the festival, scheduled for June 24-26, was canceled.

“We sincerely apologize to all the people this decision affects: The fans, artists, industry partners, venue, city of Dover and state of Delaware; all of whom welcomed us with open arms for our inaugural festival in 2015,” a statement released by Goldenvoice read.

Last October, organizers said Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt and Eric Church were to headline the event which was to be held at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover.

Organizers, who described as “difficult” their decision to cancel the event, said in their announcement, “We sincerely apologize to all the people this decision affects: the fans, artists, industry partners, venue, City of Dover and State of Delaware; all of whom welcomed us with open arms for our inaugural festival in 2015.”

In their announcement, organizers did not offer a reason as to why they decided to cancel the festival.

Ticket purchasers will automatically receive full refunds, including all service charges, beginning this Monday, Feb. 1, organizers said. For more information on refunds visit BigBarrel.com.

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