Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Kanrocksas Music Festival Won't Be Happening in 2012

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This guy is bummed, we bet. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • This guy is bummed, we bet.

The Kanrocksas Music Festival, assembled last year in rapid fashion with a lineup of surprisingly big names (Eminem, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips...), will be taking what would have been its sophomore year off.

The Kansas Speedway, which hosts the festival, is undergoing a major construction project this summer, and Kanrocksas organizers have decided the partnership is too valuable to look for an alternate venue. The plan is to have a second festival in 2013 at the Speedway.

Last year's inaugural event took place on the same weekend as Lollapalooza and the two festivals shared several acts. The Speedway, which hosts several NASCAR events, proved more than capable of accommodating the crowds. In fact, it was able to contain a major music festival on basically half the infield, allowing some parking and logistical setup on the other half with camping available just outside the (empty) grandstand. Once again: We may have entered the wrong line of work.

But we don't do it because of how thoroughly the live music fanbase would get trounced going toe-to-toe with NASCAR's in a tug-of-war. Check out our complete coverage of last year's inaugural Kanrocksas for proof.

Kanrocksas in 74 sweaty awesome photos by Jon Gitchoff

Recaps: The Black Keys Flogging Molly Grace Potter and the Nocturnals The Black Angels / Best Coast The Flaming Lips Major Lazer Kid Cudi Doomtree

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