Best Of 2019

Best Reason to Say “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Blink-182”: Bunbury Music Festival

Just days before the 2018 edition of the Bunbury Music Festival, news came down that one of its top-of-the-poster headliners was bailing on the festival. Blink-182 canceled its Bunbury appearance, citing unforeseen circumstances (the band canceled shows later in the year as well, blaming drummer Travis Barker’s medical issues). The festival quickly offered refunds and the group immediately said it was confirmed to headline 2019’s Bunbury. But in January, the band released another statement saying they were too busy working on a new album to come to Cincinnati this summer. Such a big loss would’ve been highly damaging to some fests, but the 2018 cancellation didn’t hurt Bunbury too much, particularly in terms of ticket sales. Thanks to arena-worthy headliners like Post Malone, The Chainsmokers and Jack White, 2018’s Bunbury fest was the first three-day sellout in the event’s history. This year’s festival features a similarly mainstream slate of headliners (Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, The 1975), so a sellout repeat is definitely in the cards. Bunbury Music Festival, bunburyfestival.com.