Smilefest in Stasis
The producers of the Smilefest festival have announced that the event will not return this year. Last year’s Smilefest, took place from June 2-4 at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina and featured music from Keller Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Herring/Rodgers/Sipe, The Everyone Orchestra and many others.
However, the promoters have released a statement confirming that the event will not take place in the near future, revealing that ‘After a great deal of contemplation and discussion, we at Big Grin Entertainment, Smilefest’s owners, have elected to place our twelve-year-old festival on indefinite hiatus. We love and respect our loyal family, we’re very proud of the community we’ve helped develop over the years, and we marvel at the way our successful template has been put to use by much larger musical gatherings. But above all, we are extremely grateful for the many relationships that our event has enabled both our patrons and ourselves to form. Those will last a lifetime. Trust that it’s our sincerest hope that we’ll all be able to gather again as one at some point in the not-so-distant future.’