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Published: 2013/12/16

All Good Announces 2014 Hiatus

The All Good Music Festival has announced that it will be taking a hiatus in 2014. The festival revealed the news via a statement on its Facebook page this afternoon, noting that the event intends to return at a new, more permanent venue in 2015.

A statement from All Good Festival organizers:

After 17 consecutive years the All Good Music Festival is taking a year off in 2014 with solid plans to return in 2015 at an unspecified venue. Festival organizers Tim Walther and Junipa Contento are taking this time to develop and cultivate a long-term location for the return of All Good Festival by bringing it back home to the mid-Atlantic region, where they have proudly presented live music events for the past 18 years.

“We want all of our fans to know that we are extremely grateful for all of their support, dedication and the cherished experiences we’ve had on the mountaintop and elsewhere, and to rest easy knowing that the All Good Festival that we’ve all built together and loved for so long will return in the summer of 2015. Meanwhile, we will continue to present live music events in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.”

The All Good Music Festival was founded in 1997, and the first event took place that year at Wilmers Park in Brandywine, MD. Plenty of jam staples have performed at the festival over the years, including Furthur, The Allman Brothers Band, The String Chese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Primus, Dark Star Orchestra, Railroad Earth, Trey Anastasio Band and many more.

All Good has taken place at a number of venues throughout its history. It was based at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV from 2003-2011 before moving to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH for 2012 and 2013. Last year’s event featured performances by Furthur, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Keller Williams with The Travelin McCourys, among others.


There are 18 comments associated with this post

Topher December 16, 2013, 15:52:44

Could mean a big lineup at Vibes this year! Love the venue, hopefully they get a monster line up!

Ohio Jim December 16, 2013, 15:56:29

Thought last year’s lineup was pretty weak compared to 2012. Certainly nothing wrong with Legend Valley. How’s about the Super VIP everything to scrounge every last dollar they possibly could. Live like 15 minutes from LV and was not really that keen on going back if the lineup didn’t improve greatly. Hopefully LV will snag SCI when they tour this summer. The Dark Star Jubilee is fun also. Who knows maybe Hookahville will return as well in the fall. Been to both places and the po-po presence was greater in the WV spot, also.

Dylan December 16, 2013, 15:57:07

Topher is right. Better grab my tickets while I can!

Dylan December 16, 2013, 15:57:07

Topher is right. Better grab my tickets while I can!

Dylan December 16, 2013, 15:57:08

Topher is right. Better grab my tickets while I can!

jzara December 16, 2013, 16:15:30

I heard somewhere that they applied for permits somewhere in VA or W.VA? Guess that didn’t work out.

hlxdst December 16, 2013, 18:53:44

HUGE LOSS for All Good!!! A year off & a new venue…..?
They are going to lose a huge % of regulars. Hope they can bounce back, but fests have
grown extremely competitive & new traditions take root quickly. They better hope Bob or Phil don’t croke out in 2014.

melissa December 17, 2013, 04:15:27

I am super bummed. I love legend valley and super sad they’re leaving this venue. its too far to trek to the east coast…guess its time to find a new festival. bonnaroo is now too big, summer camp has become for spun out kids, rothbury has turned into electronica hipster land…please rethink this decision.

timmy December 17, 2013, 10:36:14

For my money, Lockn’ and Wannee are the top two festivals currently out there. I think Lockn’ really does it the ideal way, with quality over quantity. I don’t hate electronic music, but its nice to have a festival without the excess of stupid kids. Yes, I know there are idiots of all age groups and genres, but I love old school bands and fans. I think Lockn’ 2014 will be the festival of the year without even seeing their lineup yet. They’ve had their innaugural year to make the mistakes and learn from them. I bet Neil Young shows up this year, and it won’t be a Furthur fest which many people did not like last year.

Josh December 17, 2013, 11:35:59

This is a big disappointment. Legend Valley was a great site. I also think that both years in Ohio had great lineups.

D Grizz December 18, 2013, 14:30:56

I hated Legend Valley for Dark Star Jubilee… I loved Nelson’s Ledges, it just sucks how many cops showed up and how up tight everyone got after several years…

Frank Burly December 18, 2013, 18:31:47

So now people will have to attend any other festival to see the same lineup.

Garry December 19, 2013, 08:58:42

A greedy man deserves to fall they took the festival to Ohio to make a lot more money didn’t work out why you screwed all your patrons of followed you from before . When you don’t listen to your fans this is what happens bring it back to West Virginia somewhere local most festivals that collapse and up vanishing

ChinaRider022474 December 19, 2013, 14:21:17

Not surprising in the least. Anytime a festival announces a “hiatus” with a promise to return at a “future date,” usually spells death for the event (Langerado anyone?) Attention spans are short and others will step up to fill the vacuum. All Hood’s problems were many – a hostile host town in West Virginia, an insane amount of nitrous thuggery, and a surrounding police force that used the festival as bait. The move to Buckeye Lake only served to alienate the mid-Atlantic fan base. Sorry, but I don’t see this festival returning. Thanks for the memories, but now it’s time to move on.

joe December 21, 2013, 16:56:32

i hope SOME band, promotor, with good heart/vision puts on some event at
buckeye lake, cause that venue is OFF THE CHIZAIN!
saw a HOOOKAHVILLE there, the first one with RATDOG, and it was great. OH. needs to step up turn that place into the midwests Bumbershoot, oh wait they aready got bonnaroo, but that fest has sukd for a decade.

Just biz December 23, 2013, 03:10:26

It’s all good. All the same. All the better or all the worse. But in the end of an encore as the density of released tensity settles above the percussion booms down on these rooms… What is really happening , mass purchases of any said well fed festival name (brands) by larger fishes in the pond who can count coins. For it is now live music and whatever niche scene that creates flow of honestly earned legit bucks then padded by rivers of streams to the mass legions called us. A group built up over twenty years thru generations. All can’t make it like the ‘good ole days’ n like to pump it on a big screen with friends, grace and… Bed. Read the news, friends. And if you can… Please keep coming out to support live music! For jam is now just ham and spam is international money. Read up and see yourself my fellow friends. Nothing to do with crackdowns and conspiracies / it’s just show business playing out. Fun will be had by all who make it or stream it no matter. Lockn is my fav newbie, run by the best.

Jim December 26, 2013, 12:52:32

I’m not sure the reason for the move away from Legend Valley (low attendance???) However I understand the attempt to move back to WV was thwarted by the county in WV they planned to go to. The big problem with the All Good for the host town is since it is mostly self contained it does not bring significant amount of revenue for the area it is held in. Then the festival itself strains the local police and ambulance forces, and the large number of uninsured that go to the local hospitals from the festival costs the hospitals in fees. If the festival could figure out a good way to where the festival would actually enrich the area it is held in I believe they could find a permanent home. I for one would gladly pay double the ticket price if that meant reducing the size of the festival by 1/4 and giving 1/4 of the increase to the local area.

Jim December 26, 2013, 12:54:37

Buck December 26, 2013, 18:41:32

Jim has a point about with regards to how All Good operates. When they moved from West Virginia to Legend Valley they brought just about everything with them. They didn’t bring in local food vendors, they didn’t hire a local production company, they didn’t even use local portajohns. Communities are happy to support music festivals if they are making money for the community but once they become nothing more than a drain on the local economy, the support dries up. I have been to the All Good Festival a bunch of times and the cops were way worse in West Virginia. I have been seeing shows at Legend Valley, formerly known as Buckeye Lake as far back as 1991 and never had any problems. It’s a great place to see a big show, the place has great energy. I saw ekoostik hookah tear it up with Bob Weir there in 1999 and 2000 and it was amazing.

Just Biz December 27, 2013, 19:40:40

Exactly. Just Biz. Funny up there Jim about the ambulance and hospital costs- so very true. If only our twenty five years of progress and mostly self taught skills, personal growth could include the passed down knowledge. Ways to better control and a self reliance to help the ‘young or old n dumb’ stay numb if so desired – safely. Most of ‘us’ just are having fun meeting up with friends and whatever goes with it. Alcohol causes the same % of problems at most music and sports events. together. Not talking designer salts and psychedelic rubs conspiracy. There is no point to my comment … It’s Biz … it’s All Good … Problems happen. So does plenty live music and other entertainment.

James Rodriguez March 5, 2014, 15:50:30

Well lets hope they dont do the gathering of the jugglos there

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