The Show Must Go On

On Sunday, May 28th, 2017, over 35,000 people celebrated the 10th annual Soundset festival on a gorgeous day at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on the Midway, in St. Paul, MN.

This year’s Soundset was an overall success, but presented us with some unique challenges in regards to artist cancellations and scheduling. Although we state artist and set times are subject to change, we understand your frustration when these things happen, and we do our best to provide you with a resolution as soon as possible.

In the previous nine years, with over 40 artists performing annually, we’ve had only three artist cancellations total. This year we were faced with four more: Horrorshow, Kevin Gates, Mac Miller and Lil Uzi Vert were all unable to perform. We understand this is discouraging to many of you as fans, as it is disappointing for us as well, but we do not control nor could we prevent the circumstances that caused each artist to cancel this year.

Within a short amount of time, we were able to fill two of the cancellations by adding E-40 and Playboi Carti. We greatly appreciate both artists making the last-minute effort to help complete this year’s lineup. We wish the best to Horrorshow, Kevin Gates, Mac Miller and Lil Uzi Vert, and hope we can have them all play Soundset in the future. 

This year, two artists also had flight issues day of show; Pusha T and Ty Dolla $ign. These delays resulted in scheduling complications on multiple stages, but both artists still performed at Soundset. Pusha T performed one slot later on Main Stage North and Ty Dolla $ign performed in the evening on the Fifth Element Stage. Due to the delays and day of show cancellation from Lil Uzi Vert, Brother Ali stepped up to perform fifteen minutes longer, DJ Fundo played a short DJ set, and Mod Sun agreed to move to the Main Stage. We are thankful to those artists that, on short notice, helped us provide a better experience.

We understand making these changes in real time can cause confusion and missed performances, but with a great deal of coordination, we were able to create a schedule that not only provided little to no downtime at stages, but also allowed every artist to still be able to perform. Once the updated performance times and stages were confirmed with the artist’s tour management, we messaged the adjustments as quickly as possible. We understand that one of the cancelled artists may have been your favorite artist you came to see and nobody can replace them for you. We sympathize with you in how it feels to have missed an artist you really wanted to see (we wanted to see them too), but hope that you saw many other artists perform that were also satisfying. With over fifty artists performing this year at Soundset, we hope you still had fun, discovered new music and left with some good memories that will last a lifetime.

This year was our biggest Soundset in ten years and each of you helped contribute to that success. Thank you for your continued support, consideration, and understanding. We hope to see you all again in 2018. 

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