Seven Peaks festival leaving Chaffee County over COVID capacity cap

Live Nation on Friday canceled its Seven Peaks music and tenting festival in Buena Vista and introduced it was searching for a brand new location after the county declined to lift its coronavirus capacity limits for occasions.The world’s prime live performance promoter was searching for a allow to host as many as 20,000 spectators on the festival on 277 acres of personal land in a residential zoned space simply outdoors Buena Vista. Live Nation started promoting tickets for the Labor Day weekend festival final month, earlier than the allow was permitted.“What the hell, Jim,” Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt stated to Live Nation government Jim Reid at a June 22 fee assembly the place Reid admitted his crew had already bought 6,000 tickets. “You know now we have a 5,000 cap. You are available right here and also you already bought extra tickets than our guidelines permit now?”The county’s commissioners — who additionally function the county’s board of well being — this week declined to lift that 5,000-person cap, successfully killing the festival. “I personally really feel our society opened up too drastically,” Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom advised commissioners on the county board of well being assembly earlier this week. Carlstrom stated she couldn’t advocate elevating capacity limits as a result of fewer than 70% of county residents have been vaccinated towards COVID-19. The most up-to-date state information exhibits that 62.8% of eligible Chaffee County residents have acquired at the least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, simply 13 of Colorado’s 64 counties had vaccination charges at 70% or greater.Two of the three commissioners refused to lift occasion limits, declining to second a movement by Commissioner Rusty Granzella to lift capacity for occasions to about 10,500.Commissioner Keith Baker on Friday stated he was stunned to see Live Nation announce they had been searching for a brand new location for 2022. The county had permitted a Seven Peaks allow for the placement in 2018, 2019 and 2020, though the 2020 occasion was canceled throughout the pandemic shutdown.Baker lives subsequent to the Meadows property, which is owned by Buena Vista’s Jed Selby. He stated neighbors across the open hayfields had been troubled by the site visitors and noise from the live performance. Many extra supporters — together with a petition with 270 signatures — praised the festivals within the Meadows for establishing Buena Vista as a vibrant musical hub, supporting native companies and serving to the proprietor, Selby, protect the agricultural legacy of the property with out creating a neighborhood of houses.Complaints from neighbors and Buena Vista residents in 2016 pressured live performance promoters AEG Live and Madison House Presents to cancel a second working of its Vertex festival, which drew 8,000 concertgoers to the Meadows in May 2016.  “Let’s be trustworthy, this has not been with out controversy for the individuals who stay in that neighborhood,” stated Baker, a second-term commissioner who attended all of the concert events on the Meadows and describes himself as “an actual fan of stay music.” Baker stated offended neighbors and worry of resurgence in COVID-19 prompted his vote to maintain capacity capped at 5,000. “The pandemic just isn’t over and every single day it appears to worsen,” stated Baker, talking from the National Association of Counties annual convention in Maryland. “I’m very conservative in relation to taking obligatory precautions. I hated to do it, however what will we do?”Seven Peaks music and tenting festival’s announcement that the occasion is canceled. (Screenshot)At the June 22 county fee listening to, Live Nation’s Reid stated the live performance promoter’s advertising methods required the corporate to start promoting tickets in June, even and not using a allow. He described Seven Peaks as “a neighborhood occasion,” with 10% of tickets for the 2019 festival bought to Chaffee County locals. “We want to offer ourselves sufficient runway to promote tickets and plan for followers to journey right here in September, so our present timeline is to announce the expertise lineup subsequent week and go on sale with tickets on June 18,” Seven Peaks founder and headliner Dierks Bentley wrote in a June 3 letter to county commissioners. “We are complying with all earlier allow utility necessities, and I’m proud to say that we’re even forward of schedule. My crew is on standby to deal with any considerations you all have and I believe by working collectively, we’ll as soon as once more be capable of placed on the most effective nation music festivals of the 12 months.”In Denver, state leaders are throwing $800 million to a state  financial restoration plan that  features a deal with reviving the state’s tourism and conferences and occasions enterprise.New laws signed into legislation final month directs $10 million towards incentives for organizers of conferences and festivals. Jill McGranahan, with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, stated the supervisor of the brand new incentive program fielded 20 calls from occasion organizers on the day this system went stay. On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis lifted 16 months of emergency well being orders declaring that Colorado had “reached an vital milestone.” Tens of 1000’s are anticipated to attend the All Star Game this weekend at a full-capacity Coors Field. Red Rocks concert events returned to full capacity final month. The Town of Vail hosted nearly 60,000 spectators and athletes on the June 10-13 GoPro Mountain Games, which included three nights of bought out concert events at Ford Amphitheater. (Eagle County didn’t report any new COVID circumstances from the 100% capacity Mountain Games.) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment did declare an outbreak following the three-day Country Jam festival in Mesa County, with at the least 4 live performance employees and 13 attendees testing constructive for COVID-19.Baker stated security precautions like masks and requiring vaccinations “are robust measures to soak up a location just like the Meadows.”The Colorado Sun has no paywall, that means readers do not need to pay to entry tales. 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