Chive Fest hopes to be among City Park's first major music festivals, despite concerns
Photo-based entertainment website The Chive recently announced that it would hold a two-stage music festival called Chive Fest in City Park on August 16. The event will be among the first major admission-based, for-profit festivals held in Denver's largest park.
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Some groups have expressed concern about the impact of Chive Fest, which will feature eight bands, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Talib Kweli. In response, the City of Denver asked Chive Fest organizers to host a public meeting to discuss those issues. They agreed and will hold that meeting this evening from 6 to 7 p.m in the VIP Room of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
A spokesman from the Chive as well as Austin-based promotion company C3 Presents (which is helping to produce the Fest) will be available for questions. Representatives from the City of Denver's Parks and Recreation Department will also be present.
The meeting is strictly informational and won't necessarily impact Chive Fest's ability to get an admission-based event permit from the City. It doesn't have that permit yet, despite the fact that its $77 to $282 tickets are on sale now. But that's not uncommon, says Parks Department spokesman Jeff Green. "An entity applies for a permit for an admission-based event, and we are typically working with them up until a week out to ensure that they have adequate arrangements for restroom facilities, that they have a parking plan in place and a security plan in place," he says.
"That's something we are working through, and we have no reason to expect that they won't be able to meet those requirements. When it's all done, and when the final payment is made, then the permit will be issued."
Still, some neighborhood groups near City Park feel that Chive Fest is a bad fit. In a letter to the Parks Department, representatives of Park Hill, Congress Park, South City Park and City Park expressed concerns about parking, impact on the park's facilities, noise, security and more. It concludes, "Do you really believe that City Park is the place to hold this type of event in Denver?"
Green acknowledges that there has been some skepticism, but, he says, "we've also received a letter signed by 75 different individuals who are also in the neighborhood who are in support of the event. We've seen more support for the event than we've seen opposition.
"In this particular case, we as a department are not looking at it and making our decision based on who's opposed and who is in support of it. We are looking at it based on facts. If [Chive Fest] meets these requirements, then, yes, this is an allowable event."
Part of the reason Chive Fest has drawn so much attention is that previous festivals have tried and failed to use City Park. In 2008, concert promoter AEG wanted to host Mile High Music Festival there, but it backed out due partly to objections from the Denver Zoo, which determined that the loud music would disrupt the animals.
Keep reading to find how the City's policy on music festivals has changed.