Dear Friends, Artists and The Festival Community.

Unfortunately, this year's Adirondack Forest Festival must be cancelled. I, Bill Martin, owner of Moose River Park, and Cowclops Productions apologize for any inconvenience or rescheduling that must be done to accommodate this.

The festival will be cancelled due to circumstances out of our control. I take full responsibility for this shortcoming. This year's promoter, Will Bradford, did his absolute best in trying to pull this festival together. Will came on board late this year and, with the best of intentions and good will, invested all of his time and energy for the past five months, as well as a large amount of money, in trying to make this event work for all of us. Will is one of the most hard-working, honest people in the music industry; please do not hold him accountable for the cancellation of this festival. Even up to the end, Will has been making last-ditch efforts to make this festival work, and he has suffered the loss of quite a bit of money in the process. Despite all of the work put into this event, we are forced to cancel the event due to circumstances beyond our control, through no fault of Will, the promoter, at the last minute.

I would like to thank Will for working so hard to try and make this festival work. And Camie, and everyone else who worked so hard... it's a very fine line between success and failure. Festivals at Moose River Park in the past have had their share of troubles; I acknowledge this and wish to thank everybody who believed in our events, purchased tickets, volunteered their time and provided their music and entertainment. While I am, at this point, unable to host the Adirondack Forest Festival at my park, I am deeply sorry for the cancellation and hope that I can bring the festival community great events in the future.

Thanks again to everyone involved in working on the Adirondack Forest Festival. I will do my best to make reparations and/or reschedule this event for the people who did buy tickets in the coming weeks. First, I must deal with what is now the shambles that my organization is in. I understand that you are probably very upset and you may voice your concerns at and I will respond to your complaints in a timely fashion. The community of festival-goers is a wonderful group, and I hope to work with you again soon.

Bill Martin

[Published on: 9/20/05]

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Chopdogg starstar Tue 9/20/2005 11:16AM
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What's the deal with the festy's this summer?? Seems like we need to get some folks together who know how to make a festival actually happen. At least this guy owned up to it, not like the people for Shakedown fest in oregon. I hope Vegoose has some folks with their heads on straight in charge...keep them fingers crossed.

udsh Tue 9/20/2005 11:24AM
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hey chop, if you think superfly will have their heads on straight you are crazy

jerryil Tue 9/20/2005 01:22PM
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$$$ It's all about the MONEY $$$

LifeboyATX star Tue 9/20/2005 02:50PM
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First you need to gie up obviously you don't know how to run a festival. Second I hope every band kept their deposit money for wasting their time and booking tour dates around your festival.

Andrew W. starstarstar Tue 9/20/2005 03:15PM
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Andrew W.

Is it really all about the money with a small festival or do you think that some of these promoters are really trying to put on a good time for the fans and the bands that they love?

I can see how some of the bigger festivals can be accused of being greedy, but the small festivals usually have a promoter who is interested in the music and the fans. Not saying that is or is not the case with Adirondack, but there are festivals that have good people behind them, ie: High Sierra and HarvestFest in GA.

What do you think the real problem with these festivals is?

radiohead85 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/20/2005 05:44PM
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will bradford is the lead man of the seepeoples, one of the groups scheduled to perform. the poster here is actually a design taken from the seepeoples website. anyway, ive seen them live before and i must say a worthwhile band. too bad to hear this great event couldn't make it off the ground, it looked like a good one.

hjsander Tue 9/20/2005 08:55PM
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It still doesn't sound like Bill Martin gets it--"...and Madison House not returning my 15,000 deposit from The String Cheese Incident..." It's a business and the potential canceling of the festival is why the deposit was required. I suggest he find a new line of work.

elephantghost Wed 9/21/2005 04:22AM
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The venues tend to be the problem. Shakedown was in the hands of the lowell mcgreggor group and they fucked it up, however the promoter for shakedown had plans for greatness and, just like us, got fucked. Now this is cancelled by the venue owner. Bad buisness is what it is. If a venue owner is not going to get paid they will cancel the event but if they don't wait till the days just before the event to sell all the tickets they never really know anyway.

pboyny starstar Wed 9/21/2005 05:33AM
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it's all about cash baby! Ask any band!

Jackhole Wed 9/21/2005 11:22AM
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whats the deal? there's too damn many festivals out there and it seems the fanbase for these genres of music is shrinking

anycolor starstarstarstar Fri 9/23/2005 12:59PM
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It just sux hard... the Arirondack Forest Fest is down and now to hear KVMF in Maine has cancelled. WTF? I've heard alot of peep.s don't know it [AFF] is canceled and will be showing up, unknowingly. I hope there are a couple bands to entertain these folks, lol.