Chive Fest hopes to be among City Park's first major music festivals, despite concerns

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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.

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.

See also: New music festival will bring Edward Sharpe, Talib Kweli and more to City Park

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.


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Dustin Booth
Dustin Booth

I want all of the things to happen in the park, but THEY SHOULD BE FREE. It's a public space after all. That being said I wouldn't go to this if it actually was free.

Erik Keith
Erik Keith

Most in the City Park neighborhood do not oppose this event. It's a very small, largely vocal minority who have been sending letters to city officials claiming to represent everyone's opinion. They did the same with City Loop and successfully shut that down. Here is the organization opposing ChiveFest if you'd care to join weigh in: https://www.facebook.com/CityParkFAN?fref=nf

Sean Nallen
Sean Nallen

Damn the man!!!!! Save the Empire!!!!!!

Jesse Thomas
Jesse Thomas

You don't own the park corncobs. Stop fronting. Bet they're from Texas.

Justin Ord
Justin Ord

Sounds like these neighbors need to kcco! ;)

Alex Turner
Alex Turner

Most people who live around city park don't care. Just s couple rotten people.

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

8 bands really? They're throwing a fit about 8 bands.

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

What the fuck, between this and Riot Fest, it's like we are living in Footloose. You can't stop the music assholes.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Why is it called "Chive?" I'm guessing it has nothing to do with herb gardening?

Kelsey Leigh
Kelsey Leigh

There will be so.many.bro-tanks \U0001f612 no can do

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

I live at 17th and Vine, take my off street parking for a day. Aint no big deal. Love the art in favor of park.

Matthew Hout
Matthew Hout

Bro Hell. But I'm going w my bro. And that will be hell

Brian Mudd
Brian Mudd

Better tell Matt Lynnette Hughes Martin

Dalton Behringer
Dalton Behringer

Y'all are missing the point on what the Chive really is. It's not all about the internet content, that's just what keep some entertained. The point is that the majority of proceeds from everything they do, including Chive Fest, is going into Chive Charities which focuses on people with extremely rare conditions and stories. We aren't worried about who had posted or shared some photo or video first...it's not a contest. Our focus is being kind to one another and helping others through random acts of kindness. I'm not trying to start anything and I'm not saying ALL redditors are assholes, but I've heard endless comments from redditors about how stupid the Chive (and chivers) are/is, I've never heard anything negative from Chivers or Chivettes about reddit or anything else. Like I said, this is my experience and some of you may feel different. Just sharing my observations. KCCO!

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Chive is the bro brah mecca of doucherdom.

Shawn Van Horn
Shawn Van Horn

Bro Hell, nothing says douche-bag like a million hipsters sporting the Chive On shirts.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

The hoodlums ruined city park, can't relax while guntoting gang wannabes are driving and walking around there.

Brad Lopez
Brad Lopez

I heard it's gonna be 3 days after reddit fest.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

WestTurd would just love for it to be "bro-tastic."

Justin Reed
Justin Reed

I'm very excited to dance and have fun with 7,500 of my friends. Best part is that we will be raising money for charity.

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

no way, they gave to charity, thus they are not bros. bros only bro, they do no BROnate to CHADity, bruh.

Jeremy Trot Zeitlin
Jeremy Trot Zeitlin

Yeah, no bro-ish organization has ever donated to charity or done work in the community. It would take a group of really dedicated philanthropists to do something like that. A "fraternity" of good dudes, if you will. Contributions to society absolutely make you not lame and bro-y, no exceptions.

Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson

Man you people are ignorant, did you know that the local denver chapter has raised over $100,00 over the past year for charities here. With the most recent one being $21k for a 11 year old kid with a super rare skin hardening condition and that this event will be raising more for charities. It's NOT always about T&A and people need to learn that.

Dana Vorbach
Dana Vorbach

I have extra General Admission Tickets I need to get rid of if anyone is interested!

Ben Rafferty
Ben Rafferty

Move all the chads into one spot and then bomb the park

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

:posts pictures of "thigh gap" for the attention of neckbeards:

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

Bros can give to charity...but it still makes them bros, brah

Alley Vandenberg
Alley Vandenberg

I'm just worried about being able to park at my house. It would be nice if the people going to events at city park didn't totally invade the neighborhoods surrounding it. I hate when I have to walk four blocks from my car to my front door.

Jeff Dougan
Jeff Dougan

This looks soooo lame. I mean, Steel Panther. Really?

sballardo672
sballardo672

facts/data please; otherwise youre just making shit up.


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