After taking a year off and moving to a suburban park, Cincinnati’s Buckle Up country festival abruptly announced that this year’s fest has been called off less than two weeks before it was slated for a re-boot. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, PromoWest Productions is regretfully announcing the cancelation of the 2016 Buckle Up Country Music Festival set to take place in Blue Ash, Ohio August 5 & 6. All tickets purchased will be automatically refunded via Ticketmaster,” reads a statement from promoter PromoWest.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regretfully announce the cancellation of the 2016 @BuckleUpFest, set to take place August 5 & 6.
— Buckle Up Festival (@BuckleUpFest) July 25, 2016
The Columbus, Ohio-based promoter purchased Buckle Up, along with sister rock festival Bunbury, in 2014 and announced that Buckle Up would take a one-year hiatus in 2015 before re-locating to suburban Summit Park in 2016. The 130-acre park on the site of a former commuter airport was slated to host headliners Brad Paisley, Chase Rise and Tyler Farr in addition to Maddie & Tae, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Jessie James Decker, Corey Smith, Mo Pitney, McGuffey Lane, Noah Smith and a dozen others. A spokesperson for the festival could not be reached for further comment at press time.
The fest kicked off in 2014 in the same downtown riverfront park that hosts the three-day Bunbury, with acts including Willie Nelson, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Hunt, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, Jamie Lynn Spears, Drive-By Truckers, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Tickets for the 2016 version ranged from $55 for single day to $850 for two-day Ultimate VIP passes. Buckle Up is just the latest country festival to fold up its tent this year, following on the heels of Alabama’s Dega Jam and AEG Live’s Big Barrel event in Delaware.