Dave Matthews Band has scrapped plans to hold a festival in the New York metropolitan area during the U.S. Independence Day (July 4) weekend. Instead, the group has added July 2-3 shows at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to its summer itinerary, which kicks off June 17 in Maryland Heights, Mo.
The event was reportedly to be held on Governor’s Island, which is only accessible via ferry.
“We have been putting a great deal of time and effort over the past few months into trying to make the festival happen but due to logistical issues, it simply cannot happen this year,” the group writes of the planned festival on its official Web site. “We assure you that we will continue to look for suitable opportunities and locations for DMB festivals in the future.”
Tickets for the Saratoga shows are available now to members of DMB’s Warehouse fan organization and will go on-sale May 8 to the general public.
DMB is at work on its next RCA studio album, following the recent renewal of its contract with the label. As part of the deal, sources say the band now has control of its master recordings outside of North America and is free to make its own deals for catalog and future projects in the rest of the world. For the first time, DMB will also begin distributing authorized concert recordings online.