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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Mysteryland cancelled

By Matt Shortall - staff writer

BETHEL — Mysteryland USA, the electronic music festival that has called Bethel Woods home for the past three years, announced they're cancelling the festivities for 2017.
The festival, slated for June 9-12, was scrapped due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a company statement released Saturday.
“Since 2014, we have strived to produce the best possible experience for our festival attendees and are truly humbled by all of the love and support that you, the artists, the beautiful venue of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Town of Bethel have shown us as we celebrated life through music, culture and art,” read the statement.
The announcement comes after weeks of confusion and radio silence on the festival's official social media accounts.
Organizers promised full refunds to those who already purchased their tickets online.
“We're disappointed that Mysteryland has decided to cancel its 2017 festival, but we look forward to an exciting lineup of other artists and musicians this season,” said Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun.

For months, rumors had been circulating online about Mysteryland's poor ticket sales and promotional efforts. According to a reliable source, Mysteryland had not sold enough tickets to cover the costs of the event.
In past years, Mysteryland has had to compete with the Electronic Daisy Carnival and other EDM festivals scheduled for the same time of year.
Town of Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm said the festival had been important partnership for the local community.
“On behalf of the residents, vendors and businesses that made out very well with Mysteryland, we're all very disappointed,” said Sturm. “It gave a good jolt to our local economy every year, and that will be sorely missed.”
Sturm added that the relationship between the Town of Bethel and festival organizers sometimes felt like more than just business.
“They had a great group of young people who came up by bus one year to clean up our town park. I got the impression that their interest in our community went beyond one weekend a year.”
Sturm said Saturday's announcement hasn't changed his impression of those young volunteers, and he looks forward to a diverse summer lineup at Bethel Woods. “I'm not in the music business, but at the end of the day, it is a business.”

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