This summer’s annual Mamby on the Beach was canceled due to an endangered bird species hatching at Montrose Beach. The fifth annual music festival was scheduled for August 23 and 24 on Chicago’s North Side, a new location having been previously held at Oakwood – 41st Street Beach.
Festival organizers released a statement on Twitter Friday citing the Great Lakes Piping Plover, a federally protected species, as one of the reasons for the cancellation, along with rising lake levels.
After weeks of back and forth about the festival’s location, the statement said it was too late to relocate the lakefront event.
“Despite working tirelessly with the Chicago Park District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to find a new location, moving the festival at this late a date, while still providing a superior beach event experience, would be impossible and a disservice to fans and artists alike,” the statement read.
This year’s Mamby on the Beach, which was estimated to attract more than 20,000 attendees a day and featured headliners Brockhampton and Troye Sivan. Other artists scheduled to perform included Zhu, Sylvan Essa, Flying Lotus 3D, Virtual Self, Arizona and T-Pain.
Mamby’s cancellation might have come as a surprise after organizers shared a message via Twitter Wednesday saying the festival would not be cancelled.
“Mamby is 100% happening,” the tweet read. “We’re working with the Park District to finalize an updated site plan at the Montrose location to be released soon.”
Ticket purchasers will be refunded within five to 10 business days, according to the statement.