LACONIA — The live music performances at LaconiaFest — originally scheduled to run through Sunday — were set to end on Friday night after singer Ted Nugent’s performance, the festival’s promoter said.
Technically the event will continue through Sunday, with pre-recorded music playing on the stage. But the crowd area of the festival would likely be used for "3,000 or more parking spaces," said LaconiaFest’s promoter, Johnny Lang.
Saturday night’s performances by Sevendust, Dope, and several other bands were canceled late Friday afternoon. The bands have been paid for their performances even though they won’t be appearing, he said.
"The venue will still be open, and there will still be music playing, but we will be here mostly for parking," Lang said Friday. "Sevendust and the other bands scheduled after tonight will not be here."
People with tickets to Saturday’s show and to Sunday’s listed performances will be able to get refunds, he said, through the event’s webpage, www.laconiafest.com, once the festival has time to update it, he said.
"These decisions were literally just made," Lang said. "Once we get organized with this they will be able to get refunds for paid tickets at our webpage."
On its website, LaconiaFest bills itself as "9 days of Live Music." The website said LaconiaFest would feature 100 bands and performing artists.
Lang attributed the cancellation to "transportation issues." He said previous event organizers who are no longer with the festival made errors in booking the travel arrangements for the bands, so they aren’t coming.
Sevendust, on its Facebook page, said "We regret to inform you, due to unforeseen circumstances with the festival, SEVENDUST will not be performing at the 2016 LaconiaFest in Laconia, New Hampshire — originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 18.
"We have been looking forward to playing on Saturday but unfortunately these things are out of our hands," the band said.
Lang said attendance last weekend for the shows was very light, likely due to bad weather. Tickets to Friday night’s Ted Nugent concert had been discounted to $5, according to a comment on the event’s Facebook page.
A performance Wednesday night by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith drew about 5,000 people, he said, and there were large crowds set to see Friday night’s concert. But there had been problems in the attendance projections for the festival, Lang said, as much smaller crowds attended than were expected. The festival has numerous bills it owes the city as a result, he said.