Bangor City Council Chairman Ben Sprague
There was no advance warning and no way for us to react," Council Chairman Ben Sprague said Friday.
"They expressed that camping was a major concern for them, but we never knew it was a deal breaker," Sprague
The Dave Matthews Band performance resulted in a nearly $28,000 check to the city, according to Sprague
The contract lays out default and termination policies that largely focus on what happens if the festival goes into bankruptcy.
The contract states that the agreement can be terminated if "KahBang
fails to comply with the notice provision" or to "observe any of the other covenant, terms or conditions" within the agreement.
"They did break their contract and now we have a weekend on our waterfront in prime summer concert season with nothing going on," Sprague
"If legal options were available to us, I am not sure we would use them," Sprague
"We just want to move past this and focus on trying to fill our Waterfront season with something new.
Our legal department has more pressing concerns."
Reiterating that the decision to relocate was a difficult one for the Bangor-based organizers to make, KahBang
wanted to "assure festivalgoers that the event will maintain the same fun, creative and eclectic atmosphere as past years and hope that the change of location does not deter anyone from experiencing it," according to its statement on Friday.
"We are sad to see them go, it's true," Sprague
said, "but mostly because it reinforces this false narrative that you have to go to Portland to be successful.