ARISE Festival Cancels Upcoming Event, Shuts Down Permanently


ARISE Festival, one of the few long-running music festivals that takes place in Colorado, has, unfortunately, been shut down permanently.

The beloved festival was one of the pillars of the flourishing Colorado music scene. Since 2013, ARISE has created a close-knit, boutique experience that brought an eclectic collection of musical acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Beats Antique, Tipper, Ziggy Marley, Jurassic 5, Atmosphere, and much more.

ARISE posted a message on their website that announced the decision to cancel this year’s iteration:

With less than two weeks until we are to ARISE together, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of ARISE Music Festival. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the festival scheduled to take place this Memorial Day weekend. Countless hours, thought, energy and effort have gone into cultivating the vision for ARISE while honoring the festival community that helped create it. Ultimately Pueblo County Planning Department canceled our special event application because the Pueblo Sheriff and CDOT did not approve the festival for reasons that are not clear.

The message continues, stating that ARISE will in fact be ceasing operations entirely:

Over the past two years, ARISE Music Festival has been presented with numerous challenges: loss of the special event permit in Larimer County; producers going their separate ways; a worldwide pandemic; and a community scattered. Despite the challenges, festival owner and producer Luke Comer has remained committed to revitalizing the festival as an innovative, beautiful and intentional experience. The cancellation of ARISE is not the future that the festival had hoped to confront. After almost ten years in production, it is with a heavy heart that the festival must shut its doors permanently. Every employee, artist, vendor, partner and ticket buyer will be impacted so this decision has been excruciating to make.

ARISE was set to take place in just two weeks, during the weekend of May 27-30. Artists such as Alison Wonderland, Manic Focus, Papadosio, and more were slated to perform.