Rhymesayers Entertainment issued a statement today alongside their co-promoter Rose Presents announcing that their famed festival, Soundset, will not be taking place this year. Since it’s kick-off in 2008, the festival has been home to many rising hip-hop and rap artists while balancing a myriad of big name acts.
What may come as a surprise to fans and partners following a steady twelve years, last years overall “attendance slipped from about 35,000 people to around 25,000” which may contribute to the organizers’ announcement. Rhymesayers also stated that they will focus “the same love and dedication” for the Rhymesayers 25th Anniversary Celebration that will take place this year.
“We made the difficult decision to take this year off in order to assess what Soundset will become in the new decade. Since 2008, we have refused to compromise on any detail of Soundset, upholding the highest standards to provide fans, artists, partners, and crew with an exceptional experience,” Rhymesayers stated in a press release.
“We would like to thank everyone who ever attended Soundset; through three different locations, extreme weather conditions, and hundreds of live performances, it has been unforgettable. We sincerely appreciate the artists, the partners, the crew, and most importantly, the fans who continue to make everything we do possible. We hope to see you all at the Rhymesayers anniversary celebration later this year!”
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