City Coun­cil gives ex­tra week of scru­tiny to mu­sic fes­ti­val con­tract

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jon Mur­ray

Neigh­bors of Over­land Park Golf Course had plenty to say Mon­day about a pro­posed five-year con­tract with a ma­jor fes­ti­val pro­ducer for a new three-day event each Septem­ber, but Den­ver City Coun­cil mem­bers said they needed more time to de­cide the is­sue.

They saved their vote for July 31 af­ter Coun­cil­man Jolon Clark, whose south Den­ver dis­trict in­cludes Over­land Park, re­quested the one-week de­lay on con­sid­er­a­tion of the con­tract. City of­fi­cials de­liv­ered the agree­ment last Tues­day, so the de­lay gave the coun­cil 13 days to look it over.

The late-night hear­ing be­gan at 9:30 p.m. and at­tracted 28 speaker sign-ups. Both op­po­nents and sup­port­ers chimed in.

“Re­mem­ber when Colorado turned down the Olympics?” said Kathy Hamil­ton, who lives in north­west Den­ver. “Our state didn’t want the crowd nor the ex­pense. Over­land Park neigh­bor­hood is re­ject­ing the equiv­a­lent of the Olympics.”

Added Joanne Weiss, who lives across the street from the golf course: “From the be­gin­ning, our voices have been drowned out by a tsunami of hype and pro­pa­ganda.”

Su­per­fly, the New York City-based out­fit be­hind the Out­side Lands fes­ti­val in San Fran­cisco and ru­ral Ten­nessee’s Bon­na­roo Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val, has eyed Over­land Park Golf Course for a new mu­sic fest that would oc­cur on the sec­ond or third week­end of each Septem­ber, start­ing in 2018.

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