Superfly Productions received official approval Monday night to launch its latest large music festival in south Denver.
The festival faced a barrage of concerns from many neighbors for months before the City Council voted 10-3 to approve the five-year agreement. The deal paves the way for the entry into Denver of the promoter behind San Francisco’s Outside Lands and rural Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Most council members credited event organizers for addressing community concerns in their plans, although some still had worries, and said the event’s financial boon for the surrounding area would be significant.
The Denver contract allows for a three-day weekend festival each September on Overland Park Golf Course, with each event staged the second or third weekend of that month beginning in 2018.
Superfly promises an expansive slate of performers, from big names to Denver bands, and heavy involvement from local food and drink purveyors. The event is expected to draw 30,000 to 40,000 people a day to the site in the first year, promoters say, with the contract capping daily attendance at 80,000 as the festival grows.
The council’s focus in recent weeks was on making sure the Superfly arrangement protected surrounding neighborhoods.
“I do believe this is a good contract,” said Jolon Clark, who has worked on the issue for nearly a year because Overland Park is in…
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