First Avenue music festival is postponed for 2013
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.
Photo by Erik Hess We'll blame the snow for this announcement.
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.
"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.