Kentucky Irate Fest

‘Kentucky Irate Fest’ Cancelled According To Venue, Organizer Issues Statement


It would appear that the troubled ‘Kentucky Irate Fest‘ has been cancelled. A post shared by the venue announced as much earlier today, August 18th. MG’s Prime Time Cafe, who were to host the festival on their MG Prime Entertainment Complex lot announced the cancellation of the festival today, August 18th.

They issued the following statement on the matter:

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“We would like to announce that the KYIRATE Festival scheduled for August 26th-August 28th at MG’s, has been cancelled. Please see The IRATE Festival Page for Details.”

A post shared by the festival’s official Facebook was also issued today and reads as follows:

“So, here I go…

There are a lot of things being said on the internet right now. It seems like everyone has something to say, and I don’t blame you. Everyone loves a good show.

The problem is, when people start digging up dirt just to hurt people, it really ruins a good thing. ‘Irate Fest‘ was supposed to be a good thing, and now it’s turned into a battle of who can hit the hardest. Something we could have saved for the pit, but decided to bring to social media instead.

The most important thing we are dealing with right now is the allegations against one of the band members who was set to play at ‘irate fest‘, and who also happened to invest in our festival. He has immediately been removed from our tours and Fest and we no longer have business ties with him.

The only people who were aware of these awful events before this festival was created are those who have been living with these horrible secrets, and we thank you for coming forward and speaking out. I have been made aware that the words I’ve said in response to a message that was sent to me are being shared across these platforms. I am genuinely sorry if my feelings came across as anything but sympathetic and heartfelt. My point was to say that I don’t want the attention you deserve for being brave and speaking out to be watered down by the events of irate fest. My intention was to apologize for your experience and to say that I side with you and you deserve better than this drama being attached to a situation so awful and violating. I would have never done business with him if I had known.

In regards to the locals issue, I am heartbroken by the response of the local community. My former partner, who is apart of the local Louisville scene, was given the task of getting the locals for this event. He told me on May 9, 2022 that all local bands performing on the bill would be required to sell tickets and that they were notified. When I sent the message to the bands about the selling of tickets, I was rude and wrong for my approach. I do understand the importance of local bands in every community, and I regret the way I went about the messaging. I know it is likely too late for sorry but I am, truthfully.

This festival is so important to me. I am a first time creator in the scene and am learning along the way, with my incredible team, how this business works and how to go about different situations with all the people involved. I have amazing people in my corner who are feeling the effects of this backlash from my words, and I regret that they are dealing with this just as much as I am.

Again, I am so sorry for the confusion, the drama, the strained relationships, and the stress this has caused. Please take this as my heart felt apology. Comments have been turned off because it has become an unsafe situation for my children and my family. Thank you for reading and for understanding.”

In addition to disputes with booking practices, a rape allegation was publicly made against one of the festival’s investors/performers by a member of another band who had been booked to play the festival.

After a week of public turmoil, over 30 plus bands had opted to exit the festival ahead of this apparent cancellation. The festival was due to run from August 26th-28th in Louisville, KY. The below admat shows the originally booked lineup, while a lineup update shared yesterday from the festival showed the extent of the exodus of artists:

Kentucky Irate Fest

Slaughter to Prevail
Impending Doom
The Browning
Jason Paige
Snake Father
Yosemite in Black
Detest the Throne

Rivers of Nihil
Bury your dead
Rose Funeral
Visceral Disgorge
In Dying Arms

Norma Jean
Cane Hill
Evergreen Terrace
The Convalescence
Yung Mosh
Actus Reus

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