PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two weeks after announcing that the KahBang music and arts festival would be moving from Bangor to Portland this summer, organizers have canceled the music portion of the event.
That means a slate of more than 30 performances at three Portland venues, including shows by KahBang headliners St. Vincent and DMX at the State Theatre on Aug. 8, will not happen.
KahBang director Joshua Gass sent an e-mail to KahBang fans and patrons Thursday afternoon stating the shows are being canceled because of "several setbacks" over the last few weeks, including a loss of sponsors. Most of the festival's sponsors are in the Bangor area.
"We are sorry to our fans for letting them down, but we just don't have the ability to maintain our vision for the event for this year," Gass wrote. "No one is more saddened and apologetic at this development than we (KahBang volunteers) are. While we made every effort to find alternative solutions, ultimately the setbacks proved insurmountable."
KahBang organizers announced in July they were moving from Bangor, after five years, because they could not arrange for affordable lodging in the area for festival patrons.