Mamby On The Beach Canceled Due To High Lake Water Levels, Endangered Birds

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
July 19, 2019 - 5:58 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Popular music festival Mamby on the Beach has been canceled after significantly higher than average waters from Lake Michigan and the presence of an endangered bird species on Montrose beach.

In a statement, the music festival said that despite working tirelessly with the Chicago Park District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to find a new location, moving the festival at such a late date would be a "disservice to fans artists alike."

For weeks, environmental groups and bird lovers have been at meetings with the Park District and the production company to ask them to cancel or move the festival.  Jam Productions and React Presents, who put on the festival, have been adamant that the show would go on, even though bird advocates had threatened to sue if the festival were to continue. 

The federally protected Great Lakes Piping Plovers started the tension between the music festival and the Park District. The birds decided to nest and lay their eggs on Montrose Beach earlier this spring. The eggs hatched this week, a win for the endangered species but potentially a loss for music fans.

The statement goes on to say festivalgoers will receive a full refund in 5-10 business days. Jam Productions and React Presents went on to say they thank their fans and attendees and the Chicago community for their understanding and ongoing support. 

Social media was ablaze Friday afternoon after the news, some applauding the festival for "making the right decision" and excited to see what happens next for the festival. Some people are disappinted they will not get to see their beloved musical acts but most people shared their respect for Mamby and its transperancy on the issue.