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Published: 2013/05/19

Great Googa Mooga Cancelled Due to Rain

The final day of Brooklyn, NY’s Great Googa Mooga has been cancelled due to rain. An official message from the festival reads, “ Due to poor weather, the New York City Parks Department, Prospect Park Alliance, and Googamooga have decided to cancel today’s festivities in the interest of safety and prevention of damage to the park grounds. All Sunday VIP ticket purchases will be refunded in full. We apologize for any inconvenience due to today’s cancellation and thank festival-goers and vendors for their support and understanding.” The announcement was made after fans already started to line up for today’s festivities.

Organized by Bonnaroo promoters Superfly, the food and music festival was slated to featued Kool & the Gang, De La Soul, Delicate Steve, Cults, LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney, and others. Event co-headliners Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings already pulled out of the festival due to family reasons.

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NY Jake May 19, 2013, 15:14:15

Pretty lame to cancel a “rain or shine” event when it rains. They say they’ll refund all Sunday VIP ticket purchases, but what about folks (like me) who bought tickets for Friday night to get the extra ticket for Saturday or Sunday? Also, what about those of us who have drink tickets left from Friday (the ONLY way to buy the nicer beer and wine) that we were going to use on Sunday? Too bad – overpriced, poorly run, two years in a row. Not a good showing from Superfly.

King Rhino May 19, 2013, 16:43:00

Superfly? SuperFAIL is more like it.

Stokes May 19, 2013, 17:30:30

Don’t promote your event as “rain or shine.”
Someone should have made the call to cancel it at 8AM saving people like myself a day wasted between driving and waiting in line at the gates. I’m stumped as to how Superfly put on an event the scale of Bonnaroo when they the have messed up on so many aspects of GoogaMooga for 2 straight years.

jasmine May 19, 2013, 17:46:50

The Prospect Park department made the call, not Superfly. It’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.

Doreen May 19, 2013, 18:51:10

I had fun the two last days!! I was so bummed Sunday was cancelled too. But it was so much better than last year. And man, I danced my ass off in the park with cocktails. Lovely.

mc May 19, 2013, 20:11:19

I am with Stokes. A lot of wasted time and money to get there. We knew it was raining, we were prepared. They should have made the call earlier. There was even an email saying additional tickets were released at 11:30 am, prompting even more people to go down in hopes of getting tickets. They had to know canceling it was at least on the table. The email saying it had been canceled was not sent until well after the call had been made, which was irksome.

Peter May 19, 2013, 20:35:34

Waaaa! Everyone loves to cry and complain about this festival. Yes the food will be pricy and lines will be long. Have you every been to a festival before? Yo the food is better than any other festival. The VIP was really good with actual premium cocktails. The wine is reasonably priced and the quality is usually reserved for west coast festivals. It does suck that Sunday was canceled, but the parks department and the NYPD made that call not Superfly. NYC festivals are usually horrible and hard to get too. The GM might turn into something really good and not a hipster obscure fest of self entitlement (Northside). The worst thing that happened was that everyone that came had to hang out in parkslope Brooklyn. Cry on and don’t come next year.

Jay May 19, 2013, 22:42:59

Superfly’s promotional material said that the event would be held “rain or shine”. That was a misrepresentation.

yeti May 19, 2013, 23:37:39

The cancellation had nothing to do with Superfl! Parks&Rec and the Prospect Alliance made the call. Was out of Superfly’s hands. It’s a real bummer for them b/c they’ll catch all the flack regardless, and I would imagine that if it were up to them, they would have partied in hard in the mud, just like they did at bonnaroo a few years back.

Brian May 20, 2013, 09:37:10

Wow…super weak sauce. Last year, it took AT LEAST 30 minutes to get any food or drink and some things, like James Murphy, you could only go to if you paid hundreds for a ticket. LAME.
And, FWIW, the whole VIP nonsense is stupid. You shouldn’t have some music for the people and then different, better music for people who paid more. Stupid, exclusive nonsense.

Togo May 20, 2013, 12:48:00

This situation needs to be investigated. I suspect criminal activity on the part of Superfly. What was up with those emails announcing the release of more tickets? The weather forecast was for heavy rain all day.
Cheated vendors, park lawn ruined for the year, neighbors greatly inconvenienced, local busineses suffered during the event,
Superfly makes off like bandits…CRIMINALS!!!

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