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Riot Fest denied permit for Denver show

Friday, July 11, 2014 12:38 PM PT
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According to the Denver Post, Arapahoe County officials will not issue a temporary-use permit to organizers of Riot Fest Denver for the three-day festival, meaning that the fest will either have to be relocated, or won't happen at all.

The event has been scheduled to take place September 19-21 at May Farms in Byers, Colorado and feature dozens of acts, including Rise Against, Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Slayer, A Day To Remember, Clutch, Glassjaw, Failure, and We Came As Romans.

The festival had been expected to attract over 15,000 people per day to Byers, leaving many of its residents concerned over safety and other inconveniences.

In her letter of denial, Arapahoe County Zoning Administrator Tammy King said Byers had "a general sense of being overrun with traffic and people" from Riot Fest in 2013. She added, "These impacts included residents having difficulty in getting their vehicles in and out of their driveways, substantial difficulties in traveling to obtain groceries and other essential services, difficulty in getting to and from work, (and) difficulty in conducting farm trucking activities."

Festival organizers have yet to comment on the decision, but do have 10 days to appeal.


UPDATE: Riot Fest has now issued the following statement:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control and despite lots of support for Riot Fest & Sideshow in Byers, May Farms is no longer available to host Riot Fest. A nearby alternate location will be announced early next week. We know this sucks, we're as disappointed as you are, but if you could be a little patient with us, we'll have more information ASAP. All tickets will be honored at the new location. Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies."


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