TODD MISSION, Tex. (KBTX)- A large music festival that drew up to 60,000 people will no longer be hosted at the Texas Renaissance Festival fairgrounds, KBTX has learned.
The following statement was released Friday afternoon:
"After much deliberation and exploration with the local community, The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) has announced that it will not host the Middlelands Festival in 2018.
The Festival’s primary mission has always been to provide a fun – and safe – environment for both those traveling to the Festival and residents of the area. “TRF is always looking for new ways to bring fun and magic to the Houston area, which is why we partnered with Insomniac, C3 Events and Live Nation, to create the Middlelands music festival on our grounds,” Terre Albert, the Texas Renaissance Festival general manager, says.
“Middlelands was a great success and brought over 60,000 people to the area from all over the country and the world. However, after a meeting with executive leadership and based on Texas Renaissance Festival’s overall mission, we’ve have made the decision to not move forward in hosting the event again.”
Following the event this month, several nearby residents complained about the excess noise coming from the grounds during the weekend-long event that featured several well-known artists in the Electronic Dance Music genre.
During the event, Grimes County deputies say 42 drug-related arrests were made.
On Thursday, a town hall meeting set up by the organizers of Middleands, Insomniac and C3, was canceled.
The following statement was released by the event's organizers:
We were very surprised and disappointed by the decision announced by the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) to no longer host Middlelands (MDL) at the Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds. From the beginning, MDL producers set out to create a safe and enjoyable experience for both attendees and residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, with hopes to stimulate the growing local economy. Contrary to news reports, the producers of MDL traveled to Houston for the Town Hall meeting but were subsequently told it was cancelled by TRF officials. We fully appreciate the beauty of Todd Mission and the nearby areas, and were prepared to implement residents’ feedback in order to transform MDL into a valued community event. An astounding 66,000 guests attended the inaugural MDL festival, with many sharing their positive experiences. To our fans, rest assured we plan to return.