Sunset Junction Music Festival Canceled, Permit Denied
It seems to be the final nail in the coffin for Los Angeles’ popular Sunset Junction Music Festival & Street Fair.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works denied – for the second time – the permit for Sunset Junction Festival, which was set to take place this weekend. This will be the first time the concert has been cancelled in its 31-year history.
“Fail me once, shame on you. Fail me twice, shame on me,” Board president Andrea Alarcon said at the hearing according to the Los Angeles Times. “This organization has failed this city time and time again.”
"Seriously, we tried our best on raising the huge amount of money- thanks for all the support.. unfortunately we didn't meet the expectations," the organizers wrote on their Twitter after the hearing on Wednesday.
The festival was initially denied permits by the Los Angeles Board of Public Works on Monday morning. The reason for the denial was due to the significant amount of money – nearly $400,000 according to reporters -- that organizers owe in fees for city services provided.
Since Monday, organizers had been pushing for donations to raise $141,978.57, the amount of the fees owed for the 2011 fair. By Wednesday, they had obtained the necessary funds, mainly from a donation by concert promoter Live Nation.
This year's music festival was slated to have six stages and over 100 acts including DJ sets by Peaches and Lil Jon and headlining performances by Butthole Surfers, Butch Walker, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bobby Womack and Hanson.