The New Timescape Music and Arts Festival Appears to Be Dead on Arrival

Timescape Festival's field of dreams may have been a mirage.
Timescape Festival's field of dreams may have been a mirage.
Maegan Puetz

From the moment the Timescape Music and Arts Festival was announced, there was a touch of the dream world about it. The festival, slated to take place at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 18, was supposed to function as a sort of art installation, divided into three distinct "experiences": the first incorporating nature and pinwheels, the second showering fans with fluorescent powder and the third being the festival stage itself.

But now that dream world looks more like a fantasy, with reports suggesting that the first-time festival won't even be happening this summer. One of the headlining artists, STRFKR, announced yesterday on social media that Timescape has been canceled and that, as a result, they would be playing a replacement gig at Trees that same night.

The New Timescape Music and Arts Festival Appears to Be Dead on Arrival

The festival itself, however, has made no announcements regarding its cancellation or even changes to the schedule. Attempts to reach both festival organizer Jon Stephens or Globe Life Park management have so far gone unanswered.

Meanwhile, STRFKR's management has confirmed the claim that the festival is no longer happening: "The promoter did indeed cancel the festival, citing the cancellation of one of the other headliners and an inability to replace that artist in time for the event," says publicist Avery McTaggart.

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The suggestion that one of the other headliners has canceled does add up though, as the website for Tokimonsta — who's supposed to headline alongside RJD2 and STRFKR — has a different show in Beijing listed on July 18.

STRFKR aren't the only ones to reschedule for that date. Giraffage have joined them on the replacement bill at Trees that night, although their publicist chose not to comment on the status of the festival. Kris Youmans of Transmission Events booked the Trees show and says he was contacted by the bands on Monday.

No word yet on whether previously purchased tickets will be refunded, in the event that the festival doesn't happen.

UPDATE:

Stephens has confirmed that Timescape is being cancelled: "Unfortunately, it's just not feasible due to a combination of underwhelming ticket sales and unexpected lineup changes that were out of our control," he said via email. "Full refunds will be issued for all that purchased tickets. We have made this announcement to all ticket buyers via email and on our FB page."

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