Langerado 2011 Has Been Canceled

Categories: Cancellations
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Unfortunately, this news popped up on the Langerado website a couple of hours ago. The South Florida music festival that has been plagued with problems the past couple years has again been scrapped -- or "cancelled" (sic). Its return to the idyllic Markham Park with a lineup of headliners including Death Cab for Cutie, Trey Anastasio Band, Thievery Corporation, Ween, and Ben Harper set for the weekend of October 8-9 sadly comes too late.

Now for many music fans in the area, this news comes as no surprise. Ever since the festival was shifted away from a Bonnaroo-style camping event to an attempt at a downtown Miami clusterscrew in 2009 -- it was eventually canceled that year too -- folks have been reluctant to purchase tickets. There was no Langerado at all in 2010, and it's unlikely there will ever be another one after this.
This is a heartbreaking loss for Broward County, which would have benefited from the many travelers using area hotels, restaurants, and kava bars, as well as a needed boost of quality music acts to the cultural spectrum.

On the Langerado Facebook page, the message reads simply:

We regretfully announce that Boros Entertainment has cancelled Langerado 2011. Tickets will be fully refunded at 888-512-SHOW or e-mail support@fgtcustomerservice.com
Two things that are telling about this message and its timing:

The responsibility for the cancellation is placed upon Boros Entertainment.
If you look back at the press releases for the event, and if you were theoretically planning to devote an entire issue to this event, you'll know that Texas-based C3 Presents (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits) is actually also on the hook for this failure in addition to Boros. The Laurel, Florida-based Boros is "dedicated to the development and production of distinct events, with a specific commitment to bringing live music events to South Florida," but they couldn't have done this without the know-how of C3, which was knee-deep in planning this year's Austin City Limits, as their reps were quick to tell me. And apparently they couldn't do it at all.

This has been an inevitability for a while. Posting a cancellation on Labor Day weekend while everyone is out on a boat, climbing a mountain, or passed out by a pool is the best time to minimize the sting of this news. Expect a ton of celebrity divorces to be announced this weekend too. Again, if you were theoretically trying to set up interviews to promote the event, and had been met with resistance and deferments for every request for information dating back to mid-July, this would not seem to be such a shock. True, the daily lineup schedules and camping information came out recently, but the bold push of nearly year-round publicity of every year's Ultra Music Festival was markedly absent from Langerado's arsenal.

Now, comments are piling up on Facebook and Twitter regarding this news.

From Beached Miami's William Alton:

Hey @dasracist, @Yuckband, @SmithWesterns - Langerado was canceled. Still wanna come play South Florida?less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


From regular County Grind contributor Arielle Castillo:

omg LANGERADO HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CANCELED. How ridiculous, again?! :( What a disaster.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Miami Herald's David Smiley:

Wasn't that long ago that I thought Langerado was becoming a S Florida institution. Boy was I wrong http://t.co/kwZpYps"less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply


From Facebook, regarding the lineup:
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Regarding the tainted Langerado brand:
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Conspiracy theory Number 1:
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We will definitely be looking into all of these points raised. And hopefully getting you all some answers. Developing...


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13 comments
R. D. M.
R. D. M.

maybe if they didn't piss everyone off with that stupid early bird deal that lasted 10 minutes, then jacked the price WAY up. Adding camping and day passes last minute?  no late night shows?

basically Boros has no idea how to put on a music festival

scott medvin
scott medvin

scheduling a festival for a jewish high holiday in south florida is suicide.

so is having a crap lineup.

can we get a ween show on sunday in fort lauderdale?

freakerdude
freakerdude

This year's high ticket price for the entertainment offered was way off. No wonder why they didn't sell any tickets.

Samkraftwertz
Samkraftwertz

there is no need to investigate the conspiracy theory outlined above, that kid obviously knows nothing about business or the music business for that matter. i could care less because Langerado was always terrible, but please don't give creedence to far fetched crap that kid posted on Facebook, you guys are usually less ridiculous of a news source than that.

Andy
Andy

I appreciate Langerado's consistency.

William Alton
William Alton

I love how this post is flanked by the Langerado advert. Hope they already paid!

Hopefully, if funds are available, they'll give it a try in 2012 with a full year of proper planning. This was far too "last minute." They couldn't even figure out the process of adding the local acts.

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

And... it would be nice to know who is performing before purchasing the tickets. Basically you could get in for a cheap rate only prior to knowing the lineup!

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Mentioning what the people are talking about is hardly the same as "giving credence." I agree that it's probably a far-fetched claim, but it shows how deeply this community is affected (and enraged) by the way things have turned out.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

No way in hell is Langerado coming back in 2012, at least not under the same name. I would like to see the organizers come back with a better understanding of the market and area. Big failures were price, camping situation, and weak lineup.

This is Bang! 2007 all over again. When will South Florida learn?

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

That is a heck of a lot of optimism for 2012. I'll admit that I'm very personally disappointed about this, and I suspect that anything with the name "Langerado" attached to it will have the same stigma as BP around these parts. A large-scale music fest can succeed down here, and we have plenty of evidence to support that, but this was not that festival.

Just heard from my editor that we're working on the ad.

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