In a disappointing turn of events, Bamboozle 2023 has officially been canceled. Organizers have announced that the pop-punk and hip-hop based in New Jersey, which was set to take place from May 5th to 7th, will not be happening anymore.
The organizers did not reveal the reason behind the cancelation, but sources say that they could not get the necessary permits from Atlantic City authorities. The fest was supposed to feature performances by the likes of Bad Omens, Limp Pizkit, Angel Du$t, The Acacia Strain, and Finch.
Bamboozle 2023 Canceled A Week Before Scheduled Dates
The development was announced on the official social media handles of the fest with a statement: “After extensive discussions, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel Bamboozle 2023. An incredible amount of time, dedication, passion, and hard work was invested into making this comeback a success.”
The organizers added that people who had bought tickets can request a refund at the point of purchase, “We appreciate everyone who supported this festival. Refunds should be requested at point of purchase,” the statement continued. Following backlash from fans, the fest’s Twitter page was deleted and comments were disabled on Instagram and Facebook pages.
Bamboozle 2023 was set to take place on the first weekend of May at Bader Field in Atlantic City. As per a spokesperson of Atlantic City, the organizers could not get the permit since they did not submit the necessary paperwork before the deadline.
Ticket-Buyers Had Been Calling Out the Fest For a Few Days
The news of the cancelation comes when the fest was already facing backlash from ticket buyers. Concert-goers say that they were duped by the organizers as they were promised some big stars as headliners and hence bought tickets at exorbitant prices. However, when the lineup was officially announced, the ticket prices went down.
When the ticket buyers asked for a refund, festival founder John D’Esposito allegedly cyberbullied them. Many filed complaints with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. “I never would have fathomed that a business owner with such a large platform would be allowed to just carte blanche threaten and harass ticket buyers,” said an angry fan.
“To say it’s unprofessional is an understatement,” he added. Another complainant wrote, “I love the New Jersey music scene. It brings people together and is a loving space. This is going against all of that.”
Bamboozle was Returning After A Decade
This was supposed to be the first edition of the festival after a gap of 10 years. Bamboozle was first organized in 2005 and went on a hiatus after 2012. The lineup was announced last month, which included The Acacia Strain, Angel Du$t, Brakence, Fiddlehead, Glitterer, Joey Bada$$, Puddles Pity Party, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Turnover.
The performers also included Bad Omens, Chelsea Grin, Carnifex, Flyleaf, The Garden, Limp Pizkit, Say Anything, Scowl, The Spill Canvas, Trippie Redd, Steve Aoki’s Emo Night Dance Party, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, The Callous Daoboys, Coi Leray, DE’WAYNE, E-Town Concrete, End It, Kaonashi, Mindforce, Papa Roach, Rick Ross, and Saosin.
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