MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) — The Bayfest Music Festival in Mobile is coming to an end.
On Wednesday afternoon, BayFest officials announced by press release that this year’s festival has been cancelled and the BayFest organization will cease operations going forward. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.
For 20 years, BayFest has brought a variety of music to the streets of downtown Mobile. BayFest Board of Directors has seen a decline in support and interest and will discontinue the festival and additional events including the BayFest 5K & Fun Run.
Bayfest officials tell News 5 they are not releasing any other information besides the statement above. We’re told they are currently working to ensure every ticket holder is guaranteed a full refund.
BayFest organizers had considered calling it quits earlier this year, citing financial struggles and diminishing interest. They had announced three options: move the festival to the Grounds, keep it downtown with lesser-known acts, or bring their 20-year run to a close.
In July, BayFest released an underwhelming line-up with the idea of reducing costs in mind. The headliners were George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic(Urban R&B Stage), Justin Moore (Country Rock Stage) and Shinedown (Rock Stage).
In addition to the headlining acts, there was Chrisette Michele, Randy Houser, Eli Young Band, Cage the Elephant and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash performing with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
With the cancellation of the event, these acts will no longer be coming to Mobile for the festival.
BayFest would like to thank all of our sponsors and patrons over the years that have helped in the growth to become Alabama’s largest music festival!
As Bayfest officials work to guarantee that every ticket holder receives a refund, the office of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has released the following statement:
“BayFest been a great tradition in our city for 20 years and we are disappointed to see it go. This was ultimately BayFest’s decision to cancel the event, and we appreciate that it was a difficult but necessary choice. We salute Bobby Bostwick and the BayFest team for an incredible run. Looking forward, this will create an opportunity for something new. Our downtown is seeing a resurgence and we are establishing Mobile as a destination. As one chapter closes, another one will open.”