First Avenue music festival is postponed for 2013

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We'll blame the snow for this announcement.
Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year.

Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Festival, which debuted last June on Harriet Island, is on hiatus. According to First Avenue general manager Nate Kranz, the decision came down to key acts that were supposed to be part of the lineup pulling out.

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"We had a lineup in place ready to go, and then over the course of three days our two biggest acts dropped out," Kranz told Star Tribune. Also, Chris Riemenschneider mentions that "A search for replacements came up short."

Here's the press release issued today:

First Avenue regrets to announce the postponement of our anticipated Parade Park event this summer. Unfortunately two headliners pulled out late in the planning process, leaving the only option to postpone until 2014. For our inaugural fest we hope to create an event that lives up to the high standards of First Avenue. If we had moved forward this year that would not have been possible.

We're excited about the great shows coming to the Cabooze Outdoor Plazaand our first show at Bayfront Park in Duluth, MN featuring Trampled By Turtles and Atmosphere on June 29. While sadly we must wait until next summer for Parade, we're committed to bringing this event to life and look forward to doing just that in 2014.

This decision comes not long after the announcement of a big Americana bill at Midway Stadium on July 10, but this course of action hasn't been attributed to any specific acts. The lineup has been a hotly contested topic on various social media for years now to the point that practically any band from any era and of any size has been passed around as a possibility.

This could work out to benefit music fans for next year, however. Kranz mentioned that a two-day event next summer is under consideration.

Now that July 20 is not the weekend for First Avenue's fest, anyone who was on the fence about heading to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival on the same weekend might have a different course of action. Still, note that Amphetamine Reptile is throwing a pretty great party over at Grumpy's featuring Mudhoney, the Melvins, and more on that date too.



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Mitchell Lindgren
Mitchell Lindgren

I see that Paul McCartney is playing Miller Field in Milwaukee on July 16th. Maybe the Twins can think about booking a different tour at Target Field than the same Country act they had last year.

Annette Marie Larson
Annette Marie Larson

Now it's working. It was 27 minutes after it was posted and it went to a "file not found" page.

sixthgradewriting
sixthgradewriting

who cares?  There are 30 opportunites 7 days a week to see a show  who needs a pain in the ass parking, bug ridden, pissing in a pail of blue chemical, over-priced greasy food served by carny rejects bullshit festival anyway?  
Dear First Avenue, DO YOUR THING.  You do it well.  Don't get sidetracked by the assinine idea you need to have a "festival".  I really don't get this...

olso6311
olso6311

@sixthgradewriting Why would you not care about a First Ave festival.  Having the capability of getting essentially any band they wanted, being able to sleep at your house and attend two days of awesome music, dealing with bugs because we live in fucking Minnesota, getting treated to fantastic food from local eateries, biking to the event to avoid parking.  I think your view is skewed my friend.

sixthgradewriting
sixthgradewriting

@olso6311 @sixthgradewriting you are not my friend.  any band?  how did that work out?  my point was why would we need a festival they already book bands every night of the week.  so... blow me.

mspmidway
mspmidway

@olso6311 @sixthgradewriting They clearly can't get any band they want.  Hence the reason for having to postpone their festival two years in a row.  Hopefully they don't bother trying to get us music fans pumped up again next year.

1imaginarygirl
1imaginarygirl

@sixthgradewriting Um, maybe because some people can't afford or don't have the time to go to a show every weeknight. And maybe because some people go to festivals to stumble upon new music that they wouldn't discover otherwise. And maybe some people like to just hang out with a bunch of other people, have a few drinks, enjoy some sunshine and good tunes. 

You know... you don't have to go to the festival if you don't want to...

olso6311
olso6311

@sixthgradewriting Asking me to blow you was a really good response, and a very mature way to talk to me.  I don't know about you friend, but I sure as hell don't have the money to go to first ave every single night, nor would I want to because I don't like every act that plays there.  That's the beauty of a festival, you can get an eclectic mix of music that you get to choose who to see.

olso6311
olso6311

@mspmidway right because it's their fault the two biggest acts backed out.  IT'S SO EASY TO JUST START A FESTIVAL.

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