LEXINGTON, Ky. — After a disastrous showing last summer that included long lines and a severe lack of water for attendees amid blazing heat, the Railbird Festival "will take a pause in 2022," according to a Tuesday post on the event's Twitter account.
More than 30,000 people flowed into the music festival at Keeneland in Lexington in August 2021 as attendees anxiously awaited bands like My Morning Jacket, The Dave Matthews Band, Leon Bridges, Jason Isbell and Bendigo Fletcher. However, with anticipation came perspiration as the two-day event held in the middle of summer was sold out, which meant long lines for everything, including water.
During the first of the festival's two days, patrons were expected to bring empty bottles to fill while at the event but were not allowed to bring any water within their containers. That, mixed with the 20- to 30-minute lines to access the limited water stations placed around the grounds, angered attendees as temperatures reached 90 degrees, The Courier Journal previously reported.
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In one instance, a festival attendee could not exit the grounds to get food and water from his car because his one-day pass did not allow for re-entry. He, like others in attendance, had a choice: stay and wait hours for concessions, or leave the festival.
According to its Twitter account, Railbird Festival said organizers have taken the criticisms and concerns from former festival-goers “to heart” and that they are “working hard behind the scenes to create an exceptional experience for the next edition of the festival.”
The festival will reopen in 2023 on June 3-4 at its new venue, Red Mile Gaming & Racing in downtown Lexington.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Railbird Festival 2022 canceled after fiasco, new Lexington 2023 venue