Dear PUMPKIN visitor,
With this text we would like to show face and address honest words to you!
On October 31, 2011 we celebrated PUMPKIN Germany for the first time on Halloween. It was the hour of birth of the most successful Harderstyles event for Halloween in Germany, which we have celebrated together for nine editions in the Turbinenhalle Oberhausen.
We have constantly developed further and have successfully gone our own way - more areas, more artists, more shows! We were rewarded with many sold-out editions and party nights, which we look back on with goosebumps and full of pride!
For the anniversary edition, we wanted to continue on this successful path in 2020 - the corona pandemic prevented this. We survived two difficult years for the events industry and looked forward to October 31, 2022 full of euphoria and motivation - to a grandiose PUMPKIN anniversary edition in the Turbinenhalle Oberhausen, which should meet our high standards and yours! Despite massive efforts on our part and numerous discussions, we were not promised the full spatial capacities for this date in our familiar hometown. A reduced edition of our PUMPKIN event? Unimaginable for us...
We tried to find an alternative location that was still centrally located in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia and found a suitable location in Messe Essen. During the intensive preparations for our PUMPKIN edition, however, our former event location also published its event idea for this year's October 31, 2022 - many of our visitors and we were amazed at the creative and exclusive orientation of that event.
And so the former cooperation for a successful Halloween event turned into a brutal power struggle for two different Halloween events under the flag of Harderstyles music. Behind the scenes, we stretched ourselves enormously financially to counteract unfair practices. With the aim of wanting to implement our desired line-up despite the new regional competition, we as a pure organizer could only act with limited playing options and would have needed more loyalty on the part of the booking agencies due to the long-standing cooperation.
As of today, we unfortunately have to give up this - from our point of view - dubious fight for economic reasons against our will. The financial risk of this event appears to be far too high under the conditions described. This means that it is with a heavy heart that we are canceling the tenth edition of PUMPKIN and will promptly refund previous ticket sales. At the same time, our dream of celebrating the anniversary edition together with you after the long wait will be extinguished!
We would like to thank you very much for your understanding and for your loyalty over the years! We say thank you to all the artists who have stood on our stages and worked with us in the past editions! We look back on nine unforgettable editions of the PUMPKIN event with many great memories that we will always carry in our hearts!