The second-annual edition of White Springs, Florida’s Party in the Pines Festival was canceled on Tuesday (Oct. 9) with less than two weeks to go. Organizers of the Oct. 19-20 event at Bienville Plantation said in a statement that, “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Party in the Pines Music Festival has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.”
Bienville Entertainment did not specify what those circumstances are, but the last-minute announcement means that fans who bought tickets to see a line-up that included Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, The Cadillac Three, and many others, are now reportedly scrambling to get refunds. The organizers said, “we are working on a plan to compensate ticket holders and sponsors. Details will be posted to our website and social media pages soon. We realize this impacts people in many different ways. We apologize to our supporters and team members who have worked hard to bring this event to our community.”
— Party In The Pines (@PartyPinesFest) October 9, 2018
The owner of the plantation, Robert Morey, told the Lake City Reporter that there were “a lot of forces in play beyond our control we don’t understand… it will take a while to sort it out.” He said the first priority is to refund sponsors and ticket buyers, though at present “all our funds are held by the artists’ agency.” While a wide swath of Florida’s Gulf Coast is under a mandatory evacuation order due to Hurricane Michael — which began making landfall on Wednesday morning (Oct. 10) — it was not expected to impact Party in the Pines, which was to take place in North Central Florida.
Asked if the event might be rescheduled for next year, Morey said, “I can’t be optimistic right now.”