The German event cites rising costs and "laws and tax regulations [that don't] support underground artistic concepts like ours anymore."
After seven years, the German festival, which is listed in our top festivals guide for July, will close with next month's edition, which starts July 4th. Dasha Rush, Kangding Ray, Rrose, Shackleton, Cio D'Or and Takaaki Itoh are among those booked to perform.
The Freqs Of Nature team says their reasons for closing include the rising production costs, as they do not want to become more commercial. "This project is way too dear and too precious to be running it down or turning it into something we never wanted it to be." They also cite changes in laws and tax regulations that do "not support an underground artistic concept like ours anymore," adding: "For us to follow all the new regulations to the bureaucratic extent [takes] too much time and leaves less and less room for our creative work."
This cancellation comes after another long-running festival has called it quits. The Netherlands' Extrema Outdoor will end after more than 20 years, cancelling its July edition. The reasons they gave include licensing problems with their new location and an oversaturated festival market.
Read an except from Freqs Of Nature's statement. (Full statement here.)
"To quit while you're ahead or as we say in German: Aufhören wenns am schönsten ist. ...
The main reason we are ending this project is that we feel we have achieved what we wanted with this concept and that we got, with this year's lineup and creative concept, to our personal visionary maximum! We just don't want to do what many others did and keep riding a successful concept just for economical reasons.
We also reached a point, by constant processing and bringing things to newer levels, that costs are raising constantly, but the amount of guests have been staying the same, and again, we would need to become more commercial to support the always-growing extent of the festival program. Freqs Of Nature has always been about innovating, experimenting, exploring and evolving, and to us, this project is way too dear and too precious to be running it down or turning it into something we never wanted it to be.
Another factor is that times have changed over the last eight years that we have worked on this project, and many things, such as laws and tax regulations, are not supporting an underground artistic concept like ours anymore. For us to follow all the new regulations to the bureaucratic extent [takes] too much time and leaves less and less room for our creative work."