The Werks took to Facebook on Tuesday to announce that the band will take a one-year hiatus from hosting its annual Werk Out Music & Arts Festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH.
In the post, the band first expressed gratitude to all of the people that helped them reach the festival’s 10-year milestone last summer. The group acknowledged, however, the commitment of time and resources that go into producing a large outdoor festival year-after-year. Due to a variety of circumstances, including Phish throwing The Werks a “curveball” and announcing three shows at the nearby Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN the same weekend that the Werk Out historically occurs, they reluctantly announced that The Werk Out would not take place this summer.
There was a ray of hope in the band’s otherwise cloudy post, however, as they emphatically announced that the festival would be back and better than ever in 2021. The group recognized that this past year’s festival was plagued by growing pains that drew the ire of fans. The Werks assured their fans that the 2021 festival would do away with all of those unfavorable practices by re-establishing their BYOB policy, eliminating alcohol checkpoints, and omitting additional parking fees.
“For the next year and a half, we will be planning the BEST Werk Out Festival yet! There will be no alcohol sales or alcohol checkpoints, it will be BYOB again! There will be no parking fees, everything will be included in the ticket price. We will be bringing it back to the party that everyone fell in love with. The Werk Out is not just about the music and the art; it’s about the community, the vibe, and the experience that we create together.”
The Werks themselves recently returned from a six-month hiatus that began after the 2019 edition of The Werk Out and ran until February 7th when the band took the stage at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH, for the annual Winter Werk Out celebration. While The Werks are technically back from break, their only scheduled show of 2020 is an appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL, over Memorial Day weekend. For up-to-date information on The Werks, head to the band’s Facebook page.
Below, read the full Facebook post from The Werks.