Tomorrowland Announces Cancellation of its 2017 Brasil Festival
After just two years, Tomorrowland Brasil has already hit a wall and was forced to cancel the 2017 festival. The last two years, the festival has taken place in the third weekend of April in tu, São Paulo, Brasil.
The first year proved a great success with 180,000 tickets selling out in just one day. The inaugural Brasil edition reused the Book of Wisdom mainstage and featured headliners David Guetta, Showtek, W&W, Steve Aoki and more. The second Tomorrowland Brasil subsequently sold out and took place on April 21-23 2016 with another roster of big-name performers.
The festival cited "external factors" impeding the ability to "create the right environment." While the language is somewhat vague, it's highly likely these factors are related to the country's devastating political, economic and health crises. From the president's impeachment to the country's worst recession in 100 years to the Zika virus epidemic, 2016 has not been a good year for the South American country.
The likelihood of a return will also be impacted by the state of SFX Entertainment, which owns 75 percent stake in ID&T Belgium, the company that founded Tomorrowland. SFX Entertainment has been on the decline since early 2015 and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2016.
The cancellation was officially announced with the following message and photo to fans in Brazil and around the world. Festival organizers promised to do everything in their power "to come back as soon as possible."
It’s with heavy hearts that we inform you that Tomorrowland Brasil will not take place in 2017.
As always, Tomorrowland wants to give you, the People of Tomorrow, the best and most unique experience. Unfortunately, due to external factors we can no longer create the right environment to host a Tomorrowland Festival in Brazil.
We will do our utmost best to come back as soon as possible since the love and energy Brazil gave to Tomorrowland was amazing.
Keep the memories in your heart forever…