This year has already seen so many mediocre festival lineups that it’s especially disappointing to report that the fest behind one of last year’s most inspired assemblies of talent will not happen this year. Wrecking Ball, the Atlanta event focused on punk, emo, and hardcore, is postponing its next installment until 2018. Apparently the Masquerade, the venue that has hosted Wrecking Ball in the past, has relocated to a newer, smaller space that doesn’t allow for the sprawl of a music festival, and there’s no time to find a suitable replacement. The Masquerade and Wrecking Ball are run by the same people, so it’s not like the venue is screwing the festival over — rather, it seems to be a convergence of unfortunate circumstances. Thankfully, plans for the 2018 event already seem to be in motion.
The Wrecking Ball team issued this statement in a press release:
Since the Wrecking Ball 2016 came to a close on August 14th, we have been working non-stop on the relocation of The Masquerade concert venue. The process of locating a new home and then executing the move has not only been an enormous project, but has also taken virtually all of our team’s time and attention. The Masquerade has ultimately landed in a tremendous new downtown space, but one that, unfortunately, is without a proper space to hold The Wrecking Ball ATL in the next step of its progression.
So, rather than produce an event smaller in scope or ambition than that toward which The Wrecking Ball is heading, we will be taking 2017 off to both work on the long-term future of The Masquerade, one of the longest running and most storied concert venues in the country, AND to put together a suitable location and set up for the uniquely produced and curated festival that The Wrecking Ball ATL is and will become.
We are already working on the plan, and it’s a good one. You will continue to see our branding on concerts throughout 2017 and right up until the 2018 announcement. Stay punk and rest assured that we are not going anywhere. See you in 2018.