Idaho rock fans expected to attend the first annual Idaho Rockfest on Aug. 24 and 25 only to see a notice of cancellation the day before.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Idaho Rockfest is canceled and all tickets will be refunded to ticket buyers,” a now deleted post on the Idaho Rockfest Facebook page said. “The cancellation of Idaho Rockfest is in no way a reflection of the stellar artists and bands booked for this festival.”
Now Idaho Rockfest organizer Ron Heyrend is requesting Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, meaning his non-exempt assets, including his company, EKR Entertainment and Productions, can be liquidated to cover debts.
In another Facebook post, Heyrend says he cancelled the festival at the last minute because an investor pulled funding for the event. “Our investors canceled at the last minute, despite solid ticket sales, and we were forced to cancel the event. We understand and feel your frustration.”
Publicist Scott Adkins told the Idaho State Journal several thousand tickets were sold, coming close to filling the Melaleuca Field stadium. Two-day passes sold for $99. Refunds have been inconsistent.
Artists scheduled to play the festival included Vince Neil, RATT, Dokken, Warrant, Sebastian Bach, Great White, and Lynch Mob.