Miami city commissioner to Ultra Music Festival: pay $2M annual fee to city to renew Bayfront Park contract, or relocate

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Ultra Music Festival organizers will face a steep price tag if they wish to keep Miami’s veteran music event in its longtime location of Bayfront Park in the years to come.

The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) circulated a petition in July 2017 that called on Miami’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to return access to Bayfront Park — DNA residents’ “neighborhood park” — to downtown Miami locals. “Since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud,” the document read. The petition surpassed 1,100 signatures when it reached the hands of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.

Now, the feud between downtown Miami dwellers and large scale Bayfront Park hosted music events like Ultra Music Festival will come to a head as Carollo presents UMF orchestrators with a financially oriented ultimatum: pay $2 million annual payments to the agency that oversees Bayfront Park, or take Ultra elsewhere.

UMF organizers’ previous contract permitted the festival to occupy Bayfront for a five-year period. In exchange, Ultra Music Festival paid the city of Miami a sum comprised of a usage fee and a ticket surcharge that was then tacked onto the cost of each individual UMF admission cost. The city collected an average of about $663,000 from UMF over the five-year stretch, notably enjoying an elevated profit of $742,000 in 2018. Given that Ultra’s contract expired in 2018, festival organizers will need to make swift and strategic moves if they plan to keep Bayfront Park as Ultra’s home location.

While Miami residents like Rev. Pedro Martinez continue to call upon city officials like Carollo to ‘stop the prostitution of the park to multiple events,’ Ultra lobbyist Ray Martinez reiterates the global value inherent in the festival that, in many ways, put Miami on the musical map. ‘Let’s look at the positives,’ Ray Martinez said, ‘We talk about Miami wanting to be a world-class city. Ultra is a world-class event. It is the Art Basel of electronic music.’

Rolling Loud is also expected to face steep fees if it seeks to return to the park in future years of festival production. Neither Ultra nor Rolling Loud have commented on the recent contract related complications.

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H/T: Miami Herald

City of Miami Commissioners meet to decide fate of Bayfront Park-based music events

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The setting of large scale Miami-based music festivals, Ultra Music Festival and Rolling Loud, is subject to change following the City of Miami’s recent “Sunshine Meeting” on December 15. A response to the petition prepared earlier in the year by The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance, the “Sunshine Meeting” united Miami Commissioners to meet to discuss the future schedule of events situated at Bayfront Park, including whether annual events like Ultra and Rolling Loud would be permitted to continue to use the venue.

The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance garnered more than 1,154 signatures on its Change.org based petition, which expressed Downtown Miami residents’ collective desire to have “daily access” to Bayfront Park, locals’ “neighborhood park.” Residents complained that the park had alternatively been closed to the public more often than it was open, the park “…in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud,” according to petitioners. The petition proposed a uniform ban on all music-related events in Bayfront Park.

The City of Miami has yet to make a formal announcement regarding its decision to either permit such music oriented events to continue to find their foothold in Bayfront Park, or to conversely oust the events altogether. A statement should soon arrive from City Commissioners, the content of which will undoubtedly prove impactful in the landscape of Miami music productions.

H/T: EDM Sauce

 

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Local Residents Are Petitioning India’s Sunburn Festival To Keep It From Happening

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It’s just 10 days before India’s Sunburn Festival is scheduled to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and the organizers still haven’t received the necessary permits to host the event. The festival is preparing to host the decade celebration for the first time in Maharashtra, after being forced to leave Goa. However, things aren’t proceeding the least bit smoothly.

According to Sushma Patil-Chaudhary, the district entertainment duty officer, they have “Received an application from the Sunburn authorities, but they need an NOC from the local police first. Also, they have not paid the entertainment tax collected through ticket sales, which is supposed to be deposited before the event.”

Additionally, the Lonikhand police station has said, “No one has approached us yet. We are supposed to provide police bandobast and traffic control in the area, but they need permission from the district authority and the gram panchayat.”

And finally, the sarpanch of Kesnand village said “The organisers had approached us for an NOC to install flexes and hoardings, but we have not given our consent. We need to ensure that the event will not hamper local activities and the environment in any way.”

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On top of these growing permit and compliance concerns, two residents from Wagholi and Bakori village have filed petitions against the festival for various claims. Among the points raised are the concerns over illicit substances brought into the community and the effects of Western culture harming their youth and traditions.

“Sunburn is known for consumption and sale of drugs, which is why the Goa government cancelled it. Two girls died in 2009 because of overconsumption of banned narcotics. The Goa police seized drugs worth over Rs 1 crore at the venue in December 2013.”

“Many foreign nationals participate in the event and engage in commercial and sexual activities. During previous festivals, youngsters were seen dancing in an obscene manner. Pune is an educational and cultural hub and home to lakhs of youth. The event will spoil them.”

Sunburn’s chairman, Harindra Singh, has attempted to discredited the petitions, though they’ll still receive official hearings within the week.

“Organisations protesting against the event should approach us with their doubts. This is not the first time we are organising Sunburn. We will get all the required permissions and no rules will be violated. The sound system will be directed away from residents’ homes and the direction of wind will also be considered. The 10 pm deadline will be strictly followed and all waste will be disposed of as per Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) rules.” 

Singh was also quick to assuage concerns regarding the claims of widespread narcotics, saying that, “We cannot
control what happens before or after the event. There will be over 300 guards, policemen and 200 CCTV cameras on the job. Bags and even water bottles aren’t allowed, so there is no question of drugs being smuggled in.”

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Source: Pune Mirror

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Local Residents Are Petitioning India’s Sunburn Festival To Keep It From Happening

Sign the petition to save Fabric London

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An official petition to save Fabric has been posted on Change.org, directly addressed to London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Following the recent deaths of two teenagers at the venue, the temporarily-closed Fabric is currently on an ongoing month-long review which will end September 6. With the threat of a potentially final closure looming on the horizon, Fabric promoter and long-time resident DJ Jacob Husley created the petition, in which he explained the importance of Fabric as a cornerstone in the UK’s club scene, as well as the global nightlife and music community.

Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a statement last week that he would work to find a way to keep the club open and implement new safety measures to avoid another tragedy. Despite the optimistic statement, artists and club-goers have expressed remaining concerns over the potential closing. The petition surpassed its original goal of 1,000 signatures within the first hour after its creation, and now aims to reach 75,000 signatures. You can sign the petition here.

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