WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Tweet comments and/or photos with the hashtag of #MileOfMusic, and see them below.
Teri Barr @TeriBarrMedia
Another #livemusic event is canceled for 2020 due to worry about #coronavirus. The #mileofmusic in #Appleton has gr… https://t.co/nrSFRNCUX3
May 15
Emily Deem @EmilyDeemGDW
#MileOfMusic canceled https://t.co/UHz0ioIyot
May 14
WLUK-TV FOX 11 @fox11news
This year's #MileOfMusic festival in downtown Appleton is canceled because of the #coronavirus pandemic.… https://t.co/xd9AepompO
May 14
Shane Nyman @shanenyman
Knew it had to happen, but still. Oof.#MileofMusic is not happening this year.https://t.co/8yEa5IJPln
May 14
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
EVENT UPDATE: The #MileOfMusic Team is heartbroken to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, originally se… https://t.co/qLta4wuzVa
May 14
Joe Ornstein @joe_ornstein
Oh how I wish it was #MileOfMusic https://t.co/aAmgKOd9xo
Apr 12
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
Ready to get your wheels out for the summer? 🚲☀️ Don't miss out on early bird pricing for @foxcu's Bike to The Beat… https://t.co/rwDN6OFxx5
Mar 21
Ian Thomson @ithomson74
Our #coronavirus statement. #mileofmusic Stay strong, stay positive! ☮️❤️🎶 https://t.co/aTzx6ECPGg
Mar 18
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
Check out our #MileOfMusic COVID-19 update here: https://t.co/KC17NNM1Ks🎶💙 https://t.co/jVbYGjrTcb
Mar 17
Creative Guise Productions @CreativeGuise
jefe_kelly Rocked the socks off of #Appleton #Wisconsin! The city definitely did not disappoint. I can't wait to… https://t.co/EoXfPpuGAD
Mar 16
Beni Petersen TV @BeniPetersenTV
Live music, paranormal investigations and something for your little ones! Here are five weekend suggestions we have… https://t.co/Uz60mNJ3Mc
Mar 4
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
(2/2) We are sending healing & positive thoughts to those affected by this tragedy and to those who are already ste… https://t.co/tPmG2qfW4i
Mar 3
Ser Xerri @SerXerri
The last time @remember_jones was in #Appleton was for the awesome #mileofmusic festival. Well we're pumped to retu… https://t.co/cXwNAPeZf4
Mar 3
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
Looking for a family-friendly event featuring the #MileOfMusic Music Education Team (MET) tomorrow? You're in luck!… https://t.co/xSzzAK50VQ
Feb 22
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
The #MileOfMusic Team is proud to announce that @foxcu will return as the presenting sponsor for Mile 8! Fox Commun… https://t.co/k6id8xm1RI
Feb 21
Scott Layher @Scott_Layher
@JakeShimabukuro As you tour the Midwest you really should look at the music scene in Appleton WI. Mile of music is… https://t.co/kMhZzVnWEW
Feb 17
McKennaHipp @mckennahipp
I have loved her since first hearing her at #mileofmusic last summer and tonight, I got to meet her after her show!… https://t.co/s1qmfxr50I
Feb 14
Fox Cities WI @FoxCitiesWi
These 2019 @MileOfMusicFest black musicians talked with @TravelNoire about how this growing all-original music fest… https://t.co/BBUa8W3h0W
Feb 5
Phillip-Michael Scales @PhillipMScales
It's been 6 mos since @MileofMusic! Too long! Let's fix that @StoneArchBrews on Feb 18 https://t.co/ePPHo0nnjZhttps://t.co/RaJrpt5aU8
Jan 31
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
The countdown continues... 🎶😍 #MileOfMusicMile 8 is presented by @foxcu. https://t.co/qmwdaYTJZ1
Jan 31
Phillip-Michael Scales @PhillipMScales
In case you missed it! #Appleton! RT for chance for you and a friend to be my guests at @stonearchbrew on Feb 17. I… https://t.co/gJQvoVRla6
Jan 23
Phillip-Michael Scales @PhillipMScales
#Appleton! RT for chance for you and a friend to be my guests at @stonearchbrew on Feb 17. I may even buy you a rou… https://t.co/BNgeHnPbWn
Jan 23
Shane Nyman @shanenyman
#MileofMusic is bringing back Mo Lowda & the Humble and Desert Noises for an April 17 show at the OuterEdge Stage i… https://t.co/u6S5bk79Rz
Jan 16
Shane Nyman @shanenyman
The people behind #MileofMusic are reviving Gibson Music Hall in downtown Appleton. https://t.co/Mdztu4DPhl
Jan 14

Official Festival Update: Mile of Music’s 2020 Festival Canceled

Posted May 14, 2020
Blog

Dear Mile of Music Community,

It is with great disappointment and sadness that we share the news of the cancellation of this summer’s Mile of Music festival (Mile 8) planned for July 30 – Aug. 2 throughout Appleton’s Downtown.

The simple fact is that the health and safety of all involved is paramount. After consultation with public health officials about the expected reopening timetable for large gatherings and the timeline concerns for the continued spread and potential resurgence of COVID-19 in our area – not to mention the sheer uncertainty of the overall situation – the prudent and safe decision is to cancel. Though it is clearly the right decision, it is very much a painful one.

For our local artists and the many touring artists who had planned to make their way here, for the venue owners and staffs who rely upon this weekend for much-needed revenue – especially in the times we find ourselves – and for the fans who have made Mile of Music Weekend a milestone of their year, we are heartsick. The same holds true for the sound engineers and production partners who have been the backbone of more than 5,000 live music sets over seven years, as well as our sponsors, collaborating partners, music educators and volunteers who have contributed so much to, as we like to say, help make the music happen.

We know – because so many have told us – that Mile of Music has become so much more than a festival that takes place for four days of the calendar each year; it’s become a vibe and a spirit and a pulse for our community that carries year-round. And that makes delivering this unfortunate news even harder.

Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters wrote just this week in The Atlantic, “There is nothing like the energy and atmosphere of live music” – and we could not agree more. His words underscored for us, in making our decision, that one thing we can’t work around are the facts: The Mile is known for bustling venues at peak capacity, enthusiastic attendance by large numbers of “seasoned” music fans, and as a walking festival that packs sidewalks with music fans for the better part of four days – all of which doesn’t mix well with the social/gathering restrictions and health concerns that will continue through the summer.

The Mile Team waited for as long as we could into this unprecedented pandemic with hopes that a glimmer of light would emerge, perhaps offering up potential to stage even a scaled-back version of the full Mile experience. We have spent the past six weeks considering more than a dozen scenarios and alternatives, including the trendy notion of a virtual/online fest in its place. Ultimately, the options all fell short when compared with The Mile’s one-of-a-kind live music experience.

Though Mile 8 will not be rescheduled for 2020, we intend (and hope) to bring the Festival back in 2021, barring any further complications from the pandemic. We ask that everyone band together and channel their good vibes toward that goal for August 5 – 8, 2021.

Thank you for your understanding of our decision, and please remember to be there for each other in the days and weeks ahead as we all look forward to the time when we can safely experience the positive power of live original music and, together, shine as only Appleton and the Fox Cities can.

-The Mile Team

P.S. – Since that first chord was struck at noon on The Spatio on Aug. 8, 2013, and the music wave of The Mile began for our community, one of the coolest things we’ve witnessed is how our emerging music scene has stepped up and been there for each other in lots of different ways. With that supportive spirit

in mind, it is critical that we share some honest, sobering news about the future of The Mile as an event – and the status of the Team that puts its heart and soul into producing it each year. Because The Mile has always been a free, accessible-to-all festival that puts its resources back into improving the experience each year, we have not been able to build up any significant reserves to withstand such an unprecedented and mandatory shutdown. Large gatherings were the first to be stopped and they’ll be among the last activities to return. It would be an understatement to say the suddenness of the pandemic shutdown has cast everything about our previously thriving music scene into doubt. The Mile is no different, and we need your help. Because our ability to produce the next Mile is in jeopardy, we’ll be launching a crowd-funding effort later this month and we hope you’ll be able to support it at whatever level is possible. We share this now because it’s important for you to know that, just as many of you have told us how you are going to need The Mile more than ever when this dark cloud clears, the plain truth is that we’re going to need you just as much. Please watch for more information on our crowd-funding campaign – Going The Extra Mile For The Mile – where we’ll be looking for those from our great community who have enjoyed the Festival to help prop us up…to help us survive to the other side so we can ensure Appleton resumes its place as a special music destination

6 Responses to Official Festival Update: Mile of Music’s 2020 Festival Canceled

  • Denise Krueger says:

    We support your hard decision and will look forward to helping in the future as we have done in the past. We are here for you and will support the Mile Team however we can. The next Mile will be even better!

    • Mile of Music says:

      Thank you so much Denise! You are an amazing member of our extended team and we appreciate you so much.

      Thank you for your kind words & continued support!

  • Roxanne Steele says:

    Woodward Radio Group has your back in this decision. I’m sure it was such a difficult one to make and trust that every avenue was explored. Looking forward to 2021! Stay Safe. Be Well.

    • Mile of Music says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Roxanne. We love your team at Woodward, and you have certainly helped us get to this point. We look forward to continuing to work with you.

  • MK says:

    We will be there for you M.O.M., just as you have been there for us. Looking forward to the crowd funding initiative…and of course Mile 9. 😭

  • Sonya R says:

    Thank you for giving us a heads up and taking one for the team so we can all stay safe and enjoy this spectacular event in 2021!

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