Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Kansas City Parks Board will allow Rockfest to return to Penn Valley Park in 2011. They voted 3-2, narrowly approving a one-year deal for the annual festival promoted by 98.9 The Rock. The Liberty Memorial collects $50,000 for the event, and the Parks Dept another $50,000. Aggie Stackhouse, Board Commissioner and perennial party-pooper, voted against the decision saying 55,000 people is simply too many for the venue.
You may recall, this year's event, headlined by Godsmack, caused quite the controversy. It deteriorated into a Woodstock-like mess as heavy rains inundated the park. Concertgoers reveled in the muddy aftermath, sliding down hills and playing in the mess. Complaints were also aimed at the noise, excessive drinking (what?), and trash left behind. AEG Live, the producer of the event, paid thousands to return the park to its previous condition after the event.
For 2011, AEG has some new rules to work with for the event. Among these, they must come up with a new parking plan to avoid damage from vehicles, provide more security, and fence off the area around the Firefighters' Fountain. The lineup for next year's event has not been announced yet.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Kansas City Park Board will reopen debate on whether to allow Rockfest to return next year. The concert, held in Penn Valley Park, turned into an extremely muddy affair when it was held on March 15, which caused severe damage to the grounds at Liberty Memorial.
The board has received over 1,000 comments so far, and most of the general public is in favor of the event returning next year. The board will hold a meeting available to the general public this Tuesday at 2 p.m.
While this year's event got out of hand and caused damage to the grounds, Rockfest is a big Kansas City draw which has had success every year. Weather is always an important factor with music festivals, and one bad stroke of luck should not be enough to cancel a venue that is both popular and well attended.
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