Another day, another Atlanta music festival put off.
Officials from the 404 Festival announced that the event has been postponed. In a statement posted on their social media channels, they stated “In light of recent events, we have made the conscious decision to pause this year’s 404 Festival to explore options that will allow our fans to celebrate the community inclusion, growth, and appreciation of the City of Atlanta.”
While Music Midtown didn’t state outright why the festival was canceled, an industry source told Billboard, “it’s due to recent changes to Georgia gun laws that prevent the festival from banning guns onto the publicly owned festival grounds.” As we previously reported, the festival has a history of banning attendees from bringing guns into the event. Some music artists even use specific language in agreements saying that they will not perform in cities or states where gun laws allow attendees the right to bring weapons inside of a concert venue.
The 404 Festival is following suit and implied they took the community’s feelings into consideration. “While every step was taken to responsibly host the event, a certain level of community sentiment ultimately led to the decision,” the statement continued. It’s being reported that “the festival was likely canceled because a local man may be challenging public events that stop people from carrying weapons in public places.”
Big Boi from the legendary group Outkast, Fabo, Travis Porter, Ricky Retro, Hedonistas and more were set to take the stage at the festival that aimed to celebrate all things Atlanta. See the full statement from the 404 Festival below.