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Madison House Presents pulls plug on Vertex 2017

The AEG subsidiary has revealed its Buena Vista, Co., festival won't go ahead after councillors voted to grant only a one-year permit and curb sound levels at 85dB

By IQ on 14 Nov 2016

Vertex festival 2016, Buena Vista, Colorado, Madison House Presents

A Coloradan flag flies at Vertex 2016

image © Madison House Presents

Madison House Presents, the AEG-owned promoter/venue operator behind Michigan’s Electric Forest festival, Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day event and the Forest Hills Stadium (14,000-cap.) in Queens, New York, has scrapped the second Vertex festival in Colorado amid a dispute with local authorities and residents.

IQ reported last month that the fledgling festival had been given a one-year permit extension for 2017 on the condition that it institute a strict curfew and 85dB noise limit, which festival director Michael Sampliner said would make the event “untenable”.

Buena Vista residents cited “several notorious issues, mostly related to drug use on the festival grounds and multiple drug busts related to the festival, noise and light disturbances and the 1.30am curfew Friday and Saturday night” as reasons for their opposition to Vertex.

A statement from Vertex says the festival will now not go ahead in 2017, but may return the following year.

“Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex”

“The recent approval of the permit for Vertex in 2017 is much appreciated, and displays the collective intentions to discover a great path forward,” it reads. “Buena Vista’s relationship with a world-class festival has amazing potential.

“Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex. We look forward to ongoing productive discussions with the community so that we can best plan the dream of what Vertex can become.”

The Denver Post reports Madison House says it requires a three-year permit, for which it originally applied, and not the one-year permit granted by Buena Vista councillors.

“We need a three year permit in order to make the investment that this festival requires to be successful, and hope to re-apply next year,” Sampliner wrote in an email to councillors.


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