Center Of Universe Festival To Take Break In 2016, Will Return 2017
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Center of the Universe Festival has outgrown itself, according to organizers, and it will take a hiatus this summer to regroup and find a new venue.
The Brady District, which is home to the iconic “Center of the Universe” attraction in downtown Tulsa, is just not large enough to accommodate the thousands of people who pack the two-day music festival.
“The Center of the Universe Festival plans to take the next year to rally community support and thoughtfully evaluate a plan for a future event,” a news release says. “The festival began three years ago with a vision to create a music festival that would support and grow Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. As a byproduct of achieving this initial goal, the festival has outgrown the space and hopes to return in 2017 to a new venue with top notch talent and an exceptional event for Tulsa.”
Taking 2016 to plan for a relaunched event is important to the direction it takes going forward, organizers say.
“We feel this planning period is important because we don’t want to compromise our dreams, our lineup or the experience for attendees,” festival co-founder Chris Lieberman said. “The key to creating a superlative music festival for Tulsa is the perfect balance between talent, ticket sales and community support.”
Approximately 100,000 people took over downtown Tulsa during COTU's inaugural year. Staff members say they will continue working hard and planning as they search for a venue that will accommodate bigger artists and even bigger crowds.
But don't worry -- it will stay in Tulsa. The COTU motto is and will remain "for Tulsa by Tulsa," co-founder Phil Kaiser said.
“We’re doing it together and we are committed to keeping it local,” Kaiser said.
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