Moonrise Festival, the electronic-heavy event slated as Starscape's successor, has been cancelled, festival organizers announced Wednesday. According to the statement released by organizers and posted on the festival's website, the final permit required for hosting the event "will not be approved." The two day festival was to take place at Port Covington's Sun Park. The festival's announced lineup included Pretty Lights, STS9, Avicii, Borgore and Flux Pavilion. With less than three weeks until the event's June 8 and 9
dates, many fans reacted with outrage, taking to the festival's Facebook page to express their anger and disappointment. Moonrise's lineup—heavy on popular DJs and EDM acts—promised to draw fans from both near and far. Organizers had hoped to avoid problems they encountered with Starscape, an annual all-night event which was ultimately moved from Fort Armistead Park and re-billed as Moonrise after experiencing a rash of problems, including overcrowding and numerous drug overdoses. Moonrise appeared on track to overcome Starscape's reputation as a hazard-ridden free-for-all and included acts geared towards mainstream audiences, including a headlining set by Snoop Dogg and a lower-billed set by Wu-Tang Clan's GZA in which he was slated to perform his seminal
album in its entirety. According to the statement released by promoters, fans can refund ticket purchases from Ticketfly or affiliated outlets. The statement also mentions the possibility of "alternative events" in the area that would feature artists from the original Moonrise lineup.