Portland approves 2015 summer concert

On Oct. 20, Portland city councilors unanimously voted in approval of an August 2015 summer music festival that will be hosted on the Eastern Promenade. This approval permits the acting city manager to work with Townsquare Media Portland, LLC to produce a concert. The decision came as a result of the success of 2012 music festival called the Gentlemen of the Road, which was headlined by the British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. The 2012 concert, which was also hosted on the Eastern Promenade, had an estimated total of 15,000 fans attend to hear the bands. With this, city officials and Townsquare Media together hope to host a similarly successful yet smaller and better-organized version of the 2012 festival, projecting a total crowd between 6,000 and 8,000. The event would occur this coming summer.

Despite the set approval, city officials and Townsquare Media are still working together to determine who will be performing and which weekend in August it will be held. Since the Eastern Promenade surrounds the residential Munjoy Hill neighborhood, the choice of performer is very important to the town as it will determine the behavior and atmosphere of the crowd the performance draws in. Because of this, the city holds the right to approve any and all performing acts before the council reaches an official agreement.

A festival featuring Mumford & Sons drew a large crowd in 2012. Couresy of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

A festival featuring Mumford & Sons drew a large crowd in 2012. Couresy of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

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