Gathering of the Vibes music festival to take year off

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BRIDGEPORT — The Gathering of the Vibes music festival in Bridgeport is taking a one-year hiatus.

Founder Ken Hayes posted a note on the festival’s site Friday saying he has decided not to pursue holding a festival in 2016.

He also said the festival will return and the hiatus is simply a “pause, an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the memories, explore new and exciting festival initiatives while planning our triumphant return in 2017.”

The four-day festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer and its 11th appearance at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, where an estimated 25,000 people attended in July.

It began in 1996 as a tribute festival following the death of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.