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BREAKING: Middlelands Will Not Return in 2018

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 6 months, or just don’t follow electronic music, Middlelands was a new renaissance themed festival based in Todd Mission, TX. The festival itself was viewed as one of the best lineups this year, drawing in a crowd of nearly 66,000 attendees over the course of the weekend.

Festival OGs Insomniac Events and C3 Presents, the producers behind the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Chicago’s Lollapalooza, delivered on what we thought was sure to be a long-term project.

But rumors and concerns have been voiced by both the residents of Todd Mission, and the Renaissance festival itself. Earlier this week the Texas Renaissance Festival scheduled a town hall meeting to discuss the concerns neighbors had with the first year festival. Insomniac’s head Pasquale Rotella and other prominent members of C3 flew out to Houston to attend the town hall meeting but were told by TRF not to attend because they had decided to cancel the meeting.

Hundreds of residents voiced their concerns over the festival. Claiming it does not produce enough to help the residents of Todd Mission Texas. 

With concerns by both the host and neighbors, the Renaissance Festival put an end to all speculation by officially announcing that Middlelands will not return for 2018.

Texas Renaissance Festival said In a statement:

“TRF is always looking for new ways to bring fun and magic to the Houston area, which is why we partnered with Insomniac, C3 Events and Live Nation, to create the Middlelands music festival on our grounds. Middlelands was a great success and brought over 60,000 people to the area from all over the country and the world. However, after a meeting with executive leadership and based on Texas Renaissance Festival’s overall mission, we’ve have made the decision to not move forward in hosting the event again.”

 

UPDATE: Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, has issued an official statement.

 “These are normal growing pains for any first-time festival… and there are always solutions. I flew to Houston with the intention of speaking to the community face to face in a Town Hall meeting. To spend three hours on a plane only to be told on arrival by a TRF official that they were cancelling the meeting is disappointing to say the least. Despite what the media is saying, I showed up, as I always do. I will always fight to the end for our culture. This is not the end of Middlelands. We will be back!” 

To read the full article from KHOU news in Houston, Texas you can click here.

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