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Middle Waves cancels summer music festival with hopes of returning in 2022


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne music festival has been canceled again.

"It's pretty devastating for our volunteer board that does so much work," Middle Waves Co-Chair Beth McAvoy said. "We had a killer lineup and everything was planned for June 2020. When that couldn't happen, we were super sad and we're still feeling those same feels of not being able to do what we love and want to do for the community in 2021 either."

Middle Waves, a two-day live music festival, typically features bands from all backgrounds on three stages.

The event was supposed to be held on the East campus of Electric Works last year and this year, but organizers decided to cancel the event with hopes of returning in 2022.

"As many of you have probably already guessed, it is with heavy hearts that we are postponing Middle Waves until 2022. We really really REALLY wanted 2021 to be the year of our return, but unfortunately the universe had other plans. Know that this is not a decision that we have come to lightly, and we hope that next year offers a brighter (and louder) future of the music industry as a whole," event organizers said in a statement.

The event also canceled in 2019.

McAvoy says despite these setbacks, she's staying positive.

Other festivals in Fort Wayne have pulled the plug on in-person events, while others have moved forward with scaled-back celebrations.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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