Due to hard economic times and high production costs, Dfest co-founders Tom and Angie Green announced the festival is being postponed.
A press release Friday morning from the Greens addressed the difficulties they have had getting the Tulsa annual music festival off the ground for its 2010 incarnation.
“We have to make the difficult decision to put Dfest on hiatus. A tough economy, rising production costs and a decline in lower level corporate sponsorships and support have caused us to take pause,” it read.
There is no word of when the festival might resume, but the Greens said “the integrity of Dfest is of their utmost importance” and would never do anything to jeopardize it.
“We are unable to move forward with the festival this year,” the release stated. “At the point we knew that we had exhausted any and all options and head into July 2010 with full steam, we decided to postpone the event on our own terms.”
The release thanked anyone who had been involved with Dfest in the past, and reiterated the Greens’ commitment to Dfest fans.
“We know that Dfest is a very special event and so much more than just a festival,” they said in the release. “We are not willing to compromise the quality of the event in any way that might cause it to be less of a festival than the people of Tulsa and our fans have come to know and love.”
Dfest began in 2002 and has quickly grown into one of Oklahoma’s premier music festivals, with last year’s attendance reaching 70,000 over the two-day event. National recording artists including The Flaming Lips, The Black Crowes and Zappa Plays Zappa performed on large outdoor festival stages, while top local, regional and national emerging artists performed on a multitude of outdoor stages, indoor venues and club stages in Tulsa’s Blue Dome district. “Adam Kemp