Organizers Of The Rock USA Festival File For Bankruptcy

Hypervibe, the organizers of the Rock USA and Country USA festivals in Oshkosh, WI, have officially filed for bankruptcy. The company made the decision in an effort “to refund the remaining assets/cash to ticketholders.”

Hypervibe said the following:

“To Ticketholders of Country USA and Rock USA:

Many of you have attempted to contact us regarding refunds for prepaid tickets for the 2020 concerts. We do understand your frustration in not being able to obtain the refunds for your tickets quickly.

We do want you to know that we have been trying to deal with this horrible and unforeseen disaster since it became apparent that we could not hold the events as planned. As you are aware, the Governor banned such events, and in hindsight it becomes apparent that to proceed with the events would have been irresponsible in light of the COVID pandemic.

Unfortunately, we did not and could not have foreseen this turn of events. There is no insurance for what can be described as an act of God.

We are a small, family owned, independent concert promoter. We make financial commitments years in advance to the talent and our vendors. We have ongoing leases for the premises and equipment that we use to host the concerts, in addition to a year round staff that works hard to put the events together.

While we believe we exercise prudent financial management, we don’t have deep pocket backers nor the financial resources to weather a total collapse of the season. Indeed, as it slowly became apparent that it would be impossible to host the 2020 events, we cut back on all expenses, (including employees), and attempted to negotiate with our creditors to reduce our debt.

In fact, we reached financial agreements with our largest creditors, and have whittled down the pool of claims against our scarce resources we have available.

Although it may not be apparent, getting money back into your pockets has been, and is still our number one priority. We have worked with our legal counsel to choose the best method by which to refund the remaining assets/cash to ticketholders and believe that the best and most cost efficient way to do this is through a Bankruptcy proceeding.

We have been informed the Bankruptcy Code provides a priority to “deposit” or “prepaid” claimants, aka you, the ticketholders. This process will allow the assets turned over to a bankruptcy trustee to primarily fund your priority claims, prior to any general claims being paid, and will likely result in a significant dividend to be paid to ticketholders.

The trustee will also investigate the use of our funds leading up to the filing to ensure that only legitimate claims were paid and that there was no “raid” on the checkbook by management. The Bankruptcy Code provides tools to reclaim or claw back any such transfers – but there were none. However, this will provide assurances to you that the wind down of the business, as unfortunate as it is, has been a fair and transparent process.

Obviously, we have lost our business, which we grew into what we believe was a premier experience for our concertgoers. We are heartbroken by the events which have caused this horrible situation. We also care about our loyal patrons, for without them, there wouldn’t have been so many years of these great events. We are trying to do right by our loyal supporters and get you a refund, to the extent possible, quickly and equitably.

In order to make the process easier for all of our ticketholders, we have asked our counsel to provide a letter/email and a bankruptcy claim form to all ticket claimants with instructions on how to fill the claim out and where to send it. We are hopeful that the Bankruptcy trustee, who will be appointed upon the filing, will act quickly to liquidate assets and pay claims. We have taken pains to individually list the ticketholders.

For what it is worth, we are proud of the over 30 years of events we have hosted here in Oshkosh and the Fox Valley, are grateful to all of the people who supported us, especially those who came to hear the music, and have few regrets – with the exception of how this ended.

We expect the Chapter 7 filing to occur within several weeks and the process will then move, hopefully, quickly.

Thank you all for the support and amazing memories over the last 25 years. We ask everyone to spread love and positivity in a time when this world needs it.

– The Hypervibe Team”

Report: Fans Accuse Rock USA Festival Of Not Answering Requests For Refunds

As previously reported, this year’s Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, WI has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Fox 11 are now reporting that requests for refunds have allegedly been ignored. A number of fans have issued statements to the site saying that the organizers have gone “off the grid” after announcing the cancellation. Fox 11 tried to reach out to the promoters for comment, but they couldn’t get a hold of anyone either.

2020 Rock USA Festival Cancelled

This year’s Rock USA festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Oshkosh, WI next month with Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, and more set to perform.

The following statement was issued:

“Dear Country USA and Rock USA Community,

Today, with a heavy heart, we have to let all of you know that this year’s Country USA and Rock USA music festivals will not be able to take place. This is not easy for us. Nothing pains us more than having to cancel these events that have become such a big part of our lives, our community, and our culture here in Wisconsin. We know it hurts. We so wanted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CUSA and the 10th anniversary of RUSA, but as always, the safety of our entire festival and local community comes first.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been in constant communication with the artists, vendors, partners, and local government and health officials. On the advice of Winnebago County Health Department, we are choosing to cancel both events for the safety of this community.

From the Winnebago County Health Department:

“While the Governors orders are no longer in effect, the COVID-19 virus is still circulating in our community and is locally trending upward in terms of cases and hospitalizations. At this time the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) strongly recommend against holding large gathering.”

We are doing everything we can to reschedule these events for June and July of 2021, and will offer credits to all of those who previously purchased tickets to the 2020 events. Your tickets, campsites, VIP seats, and any other item for 2020, will be valid for the 2021 festivals.

Losing these festivals has been such a devastating event for all of us involved, and unfortunately, we are not able to provide any further details on the 2021 events. This is a fluid situation, and there is still so much unknown. We are doing all we can to navigate this unstable tune for our community and our company.

We are hard at work to bring these festivals into the future, and to continue to hold these two amazing events here in Oshkosh, WI. Like all of you, the Corona-virus outbreak has hit us hard, and we are doing all we can to make it through.

Thank you all for the 25 years of incredible support. We love these festivals. We love this community. We love all of you.

Stay safe. Stay positive. Take care of each other. Give each other love and grace in these trying times. We will be back, stronger than ever, in the near future.

– The Hypervibe Team”

Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Etc. Set For 2020 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rock USA festival. The event will take place at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI on July 16-18 and it will feature the following:

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Halestorm, Chevelle, Avatar, Fever 333, Wage War, We Came As Romans, Stick To Your Guns, I See Stars, Bones UK, Saul, Smile Empty Soul, Bad Omens, Stitched Up Heart, Joyous Wolf, and September Mourning.

July 17: Rob Zombie, Ice Cube, The Pretty Reckless, HELLYEAH, Hollywood Undead, The Glorious Sons, Knocked Loose, Attila, Escape The Fate, Otherwise, Carnifex, Through Fire, BRKN LOVE, Royal Bliss, and The Cold Stares.

July 18: Slipknot, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Steel Panther, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Memphis May Fire, Emmure, Insane Clown Posse, Crobot, Cherry Bombs, He Is Legend, Islander, and Tense Machine.

Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Etc. Set For 2019 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Rock USA festival. The event will take place in Oshkosh, WI on July 18-20 and the daily lineups can be seen below:

July 18: Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Between The Buried And Me, Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, Ice Nine Kills, Blacktop Mojo, SOiL, Toothgrinder, Gideon, Beyond Threshold, and The Outfit.

July 19: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, In This Moment, Clutch, Of Mice & Men, Dance Gavin Dance, Red Sun Rising, Lacuna Coil, Escape The Fate, Issues, Volumes, Amigo The Devil, Varials, Vyces, and Madame Mayhem.

July 20: Disturbed, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Theory Of A Deadman, Atreyu, Starset, Memphis May Fire, Nonpoint, I See Stars, Palisades, The Plot In You, Royal Tusk, The Black Moods, Discrepancies, and Them Evils.

Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Shinedown, Etc. Set For 2018 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Rock USA festival. The event will take place on July 12-14 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the daily lineups can be seen below:

July 12: Godsmack, Halestorm, Bush, Sum 41, Pop Evil, DevilDriver, Nonpoint, Fozzy, Like A Storm, Gemini Syndrome, and Bad Wolves.

July 13: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Seether, Underoath, Sevendust, All That Remains, Adelita’s Way, Shaman’s Harvest, Attila, Through Fire, SOiL, Joyous Wolf, and Beyond Threshold.

July 14: Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Nothing More, Beartooth, Trivium, 10 Years, The Black Dahlia Murder, Wilson, Saving Abel, Sylar, and Like Moths To Flames.

Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, Etc. Set For 2017 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been announced for the 2017 Rock USA festival. It will take place in Oshkosh, WI, at The Ford Festival Park, on July 13-15 and it will include: Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, Volbeat, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, HELLYEAH, Falling In Reverse, Candlebox, We Came As Romans, Avatar, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Kyng, Citizen Zero, Through Fire, Miss May I, Code Orange, The Color Morale, City Of The Weak, Bobaflex, Wayland, Throw The Fight, and Beyond Threshold.

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Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Etc. Set For 2016 Rock USA Festival

The initial lineup has been announced for the 2016 Rock USA festival. It will take place in Oshkosh, WI, at The Ford Festival, on July 14-16 and will include: Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Shinedown, Chevelle, Halestorm, Skillet, In This Moment, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Finger Eleven, We Are Harlot, Nothing More, Sick Puppies, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Wilson, Otherwise, Islander, Bobaflex, Wayland, and Spoken.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard Etc. Set For 2015 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2015 Rock USA Festival. The festival will take place July 15-18, in Oshkosh, WI and will include:

Def Leppard, Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Styx, Queensryche, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Tesla, Whitesnake, Jackyl, Warrant, Dokken, Vixen, Wayland, Deathglare, Dellacoma Rio, and Road Trip.

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Rock USA Lineup Announced

For those of you in the Wisconsin area, Rock USA has announced its 2014 lineup. The festival will take place July 16-19 and will include performances from Slayer, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Machine Head and many more.

Rock USA lineup ( Pic from their site)

Rock USA lineup ( Pic from their site)