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

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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?