For a time, it appeared like the Nelsonville Tunes Pageant would return to its often scheduled programming this June at Hocking Faculty soon after heading virtual in 2020 and joining forces with Duck Creek Log Jam in 2021 for a individual fall fest (Hocking Hills Tunes Pageant).
As a substitute, 2022 will see two different music festivals in Nelsonville: In June, the new Black Diamond Tunes & Arts Festival will get place at Hocking College, which is creating the function, and the Nelsonville Songs Pageant, a creation of the nonprofit Stuart’s Opera Property, will return in a new location in September.
The highway primary to that level, even though, proved to be a bumpy a single, as described nowadays in the Athens Messenger. “On Aug. 9, 2021, NMF declared that it would depart the Hocking University campus for its 2022 event,” Dani Kington and Keri Johnson compose. “Later on, in Oct 2021, NMF introduced that it would be keeping its 2022 festival June 10–11. Nonetheless, months later on on Dec. 6, 2021, NMF altered its dates to Labor Working day weekend, Sept. 2–4.”
That shuffle came about mainly because Hocking Faculty decided to build athletic fields that would make most of the previous web page of the Nelsonville Audio Festival unusable, in accordance to Stuart’s Opera Residence Inventive Director Tim Peacock. (Peacock told Alive the college or university available NMF two alternate web sites, a blacktop space and a horse pasture, but the two ended up deemed to be significantly less than perfect for the fest.)
At first, NMF aimed to keep its celebration as prepared on June 10-11 at a new place, but when Hocking School declared that its have new fest, Black Diamond Tunes & Arts Festival, would be held that same weekend, Stuart’s opted to move NMF to Labor Day Weekend.
“Possessing a little a lot more breathing area to establish a new web site is beneficial, but the choosing variable was when we figured out that they were basically undertaking their festival on the precise similar dates as ours. I was like, ‘We have to have to drive. This is crazy,'” Peacock told Alive. “It is really difficult right now with the pandemic. Securing tech crew and points like that similar to festivals, every thing is stretched skinny. So two festivals in Nelsonville on the same weekend was going to be a mess.”
Hocking Higher education Dean of Workforce Improvement and Group Engagement Sean Terrell instructed the Messenger the college selected the June weekend because it very best suit the schedules of students and the faculty. In independent interviews with Alive, Terrell and Hocking advertising and marketing director Joshua Moore gave very similar explanations for the date variety.
The Messenger story also reviews on the involvement of Bret Adams, who served produce the Vogue Satisfies Songs Competition in Columbus.
“Adams Associates Ltd. registered Black Diamond Development LLC, a Dublin-centered enhancement firm, in April 2020, in accordance to Ohio Secretary of State data. In Might 2020, Black Diamond Enhancement LLC registered the Black Diamond Tunes & Arts Competition, in accordance to point out records,” Kington and Johnson wrote. “Terrell claimed he wasn’t informed of Black Diamond Enhancement LLC’s registration of BDMF’s title in a adhere to-up e mail he reported Adams had relinquished the title of the competition to Hocking Higher education in September. … Terrell verified that Adams is functioning with the school as an ‘external consultant’ and is ‘helping us place it collectively.'”
The story also prices from a assertion introduced by RJ Kaltenbach, president of Klein’s Amusement, which is reserving the Black Diamond fest. The assertion sought to distinct up any confusion pertaining to the two festivals. “We have by no means utilized the Nelsonville Tunes Festival title or said it was the identical celebration. … The festival name is entirely distinct for this celebration and has been all together,” the assertion reads, in part.
In the conclude, reps from every single festival expressed assistance for the other, noting that each fests could gain Southeast Ohio. Elle King and Elvie Shane are slated to headline Black Diamond in June. Nelsonville has yet to announce the lineup or new area for its Labor Day weekend competition.