City Park residents angry about upcoming Chive Fest concert
DENVER – Just weeks after concerned locals successfully forced Riot Fest out of Byers, some Denver residents are taking aim at another music festival here in town.
Chive Fest, slated for Aug. 16 in City Park, is expected to attract some 7,500 fans. And a group of vocal locals is none too happy about it, the Denver Post’s Reverb reported.
“You would think somewhere, someone, in some administration would realize we want it to be a quiet park in what is left of it,” South City Park resident Tom Morris told Reverb.
Morris is among a group of people who don’t feel it’s appropriate for the city to close off a portion of a public park for a ticketed event. They are also worried about trash management, traffic, parking, alcohol consumption and that noise from live music could impact homeowners as well as animals at the Denver Zoo, Reverb reported.
Of course, private events on public property are nothing new to the region. Large portions of Red Rocks – also a City of Denver park — are closed during ticketed concerts, and public streets and parks routinely close for footraces and other paid events, especially during the summer.
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As to the safety of the Denver Zoo’s animals, the zoo routinely hosts rock bands inside its own walls during special events such as Brew at the Zoo.
There is one important caveat in this case, though – as was the case with Riot Fest, Chive Fest’s permit has not yet been finalized, Reverb reported. A similar situation led to Riot Fest being moved from May Farms to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Still, a liquor permit has been approved, and Chive says it has made final arrangements for parking, traffic control, security and public restrooms. Unless something major happens, the event appears set to go off as scheduled.
“We have been working closely with the the parks department to follow all procedures and to address any legitimate concerns made by residents,” Brandon Barrett, director of partnerships for Chive Live, said.
Chive Fest organizers, along with Denver Parks and Recreation, will meet with neighbors at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss the concert.
Chive Fest Denver will feature eight bands including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids and Talib Kweli.