A phestival in Philly?November 15, 2007
The Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca reports that Austin Texas-based concert promoters C3 would like to stage a multi-day festival next August in Fairmount Park, presumably on Belmont Plateau. How freaking cool is that?
C3 is the outfit that resurrected Lollapalooza (of which I attended it’s very first year in ’91 thank you very much).
If that makes you feel a bit uneasy, get this: They’re also the ones behind the amazing Austin City Limits, which my friend attended this past September along with 225,000 others.
Now, wouldn’t that be right up your alley?
Philly’s own Electric Factory Concerts/Live Nation got wind of it, and original thinkers they are, want their own festival in the same park (and probably the same month) to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Natch. Bullies.
Listen Live Nation: If you fuck this up so help me God I’ll.., um. Damn! Something really cool might happen here and whattya bet Live Nation runs them out of town? And we’ll get stuck with another one of their cheesy, lame “fez-tivals”. The Daily News has more about it here.
I’d even settle for a smaller indiefests like Chicago and NYC enjoy regularly. To name just a few: The Vice Intonation Festival/Pitchfork Music Fest/Lollapalooza (all Chicago); Crown Point Festival/Green Apple Music Festival/New Yorker Festival/Siren Festival/CMJ(!) (all NYC). Or even little Austin which bosts both Austin City Limits AND the South by Southwest jawn.
All is not lost however.
Sorry, but the above photo is NOT Belmont Plateau. Its the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington. Sigh.