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RiSE Festival looking to do free event after Saturday cancellation

Posted at 12:56 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 15:56:42-04

After an outcry over its canceled event Saturday, the RiSE Festival is working to hold a free event next year.

The event will be for those who attended RiSE Festival on Saturday. It was canceled shortly after it began due to weather conditions. 

"We understand that you saved, planned and prepared for Saturday night and we've heard from you how devastating it was that RiSE was forced to end the event before you release your lanterns into the sky. We've been working on some options to make-up for your experience and to allow you to release your lanterns," co-founder Jeff Gehring said in a statement.

RiSE organizers are now working with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to hold a free Sunday release. Organizers acknowledged waiting until next year isn't ideal but said, "due to weather, permits and safety logistics, holding anything sooner isn't possible." 

No other details have been released yet as to when the makeup event will be.  

After the RiSE Festival's cancellation Saturday, many people became upset though because their tickets were not refunded unless they purchased the weather insurance.

On Sunday, the organizers of the festival said they would offer a 40 percent discount on next year's tickets for those who are unhappy about the cancellation.

This isn't the first time that there has been trouble at the event. 

In 2014, there was a major issue with transportation and many people were forced to wait hours for a bus or to walk.