High Fees Drive Yet Another Music Festival Out of Golden Gate Park: Power to the Peaceful 2012 Canceled

Why is it that fees get waived for unpopular events like Larry Ellison’s boat race next year* and yet fees get increased for popular events like the formerly-annual Power to the Peaceful?

I don’t know.

Anyway, this is what it looked like. Well, this was a yoga heavy warm-up, but the actual event attracted huge crowds and people like Alanis Morissette would play for free: 

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And this is why it’s gone:

“Due to rising city fees which have ballooned our operating costs over the past years, we regrettably announce that The Power to the Peaceful Festival will not be staged in September of 2012.

In what would have been our 13th year of free festivals in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park the only way to have produce the festival this year would have been to turn it into a ticketed event. We wish to thank all of our supporters and volunteers and look forward to the next chapter of the Power To The Peaceful team working to promote peace and positivity in our community at future events.”

Oh well.

So why is Power to the Peaceful considered so bad and why is the America’s Cup considered so good?

Perhaps because Mayor Ed Lee mostly cares about the boat-loving billionaires and millionaires who give money and support to his campaigns?

*What are we paying for this thing? $10 million? $20 million? More?


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4 Responses to “High Fees Drive Yet Another Music Festival Out of Golden Gate Park: Power to the Peaceful 2012 Canceled”

  1. jeff says:

    bummer..that’s a good one usually, or was. No we know why we used to have so many more music stuff in GGP years ago, like in the 90’s..I’m going to start posting some videos of past festivals, and quite a few are on youtube now…just so people can no what it was once like, but not anymore because of this..except for the a few big ones like outside lands and hardly stricly

  2. Bluoz says:

    It Crawled From the vault #53…

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  4. sfmike says:

    The authorities in this town seem to be nothing more than extortion racket. They certainly aren’t keeping anyone safe, that’s for sure. Between the Golden Gate Park Police, the SFPD, and SF Rec & Park, all they really seem to care is the monetary shakedown of anyone providing entertainment for the public.

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