Austin's live music scene has taken another blow: Eighteen days before its scheduled kickoff, Weird City Hip-Hop Festival has been canceled.
Austin's only hip-hop fest ran into issues with scheduling and ticket sales, forcing organizers to pull the plug. "Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts and lower than expected ticket sales this year, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year's festival," organizers announced via Facebook on Monday.
After a successful first run in the Red River Cultural District in 2014, the festival was scheduled to take over the Delta Millworks facility in East Austin on September 18-19. Just last week Weird City announced the complete lineup, with big names like Aesop Rock, Danny Brown, Jay Electronica, and Freddie Gibbs headlining the bill.
The festival expressed only gratitude towards fans and optimism about what the future may hold. "Much love to everyone who supported not only us, but to anyone who supports Texas hip-hop as a whole. We believe in the amazing force of this scene, and while this year's cancelation is definitely a disappointment, this is NOT THE END of Weird City Fest. Not by a long shot," Weird City reassured fans on Facebook.
Ticket holders will be refunded through Eventbrite.