The City Council Monday night, by a 17-1 vote, approved the contract for a multi-day music festival at Seaside Park next September, a joint venture of Howard Saffan, developer of the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, concert promoter Live Nation and organizers of the annual Governor’s Ball in New York. If you are in to music as much as all the festival fans, see here this post with Cello strings reviews.
Councilwoman Maria Pereira, a serial administration opponent, was the lone vote against.
Promoters are eyeing weekends of September 17-18 and September 24-25 for musical showcases.
This music festival is a departure from the defunct Gathering of the Vibes when overnight camping was allowed. Patrons for this festival will come into Seaside Park and leave on the same night.
Organizers expect to attract roughly 35,000 concert-goers per day for high profile rock and R&B artists performing in Seaside Park.
The 10-year contract calls for the city to receive a $100,000 guarantee, five percent of gross ticket sales as well as a $50,000 annual donation to the Parks Department. Festival organizers will cover 100 percent of the security, public safety and clean up costs.