Madison House Presents pulls plug on Vertex Festival in Buena Vista for 2017
Despite getting a renewed event permit, Vertex has decided to pull the plug for 2017. But that doesn't mean that the festival is gone forever!This article originally appeared on Denver Post
The Vertex festival in Buena Vista, CO will not happen next year. But that doesn’t mean the festival is gone for good.
Vertex, held on a farm near town in August, drew 8,000 revelers and widespread accolades, as well as complaints about noise from neighbors.
On Monday, organizer Madison House Presents said it would not host the event in 2017. Heated, marathon public meetings with the Chaffee County Commissioners have been “healthy,” but pushed Madison House “well past original planning timelines,” organizers said in a statement.
“The recent approval of the permit for Vertex in 2017 is much appreciated, and displays the collective intentions to discover a great path forward. Buena Vista’s relationship with a world-class festival has amazing potential,” the statement reads. “Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex. We look forward to ongoing productive discussions with the community so that we can best plan the dream of what Vertex can become.”
Late last month Chaffee County Commissioners heard fiery public comment about the festival in a five-hour meeting, one of several weighing the festival’s benefits and impacts. The three-member board of commissioners ultimately approved the return of Vertex in 2017, but rejected Madison House’s request for a three-year permit, saying that two new incoming commissioners next year should get a chance to consider the festival. The commissioners also imposed strict rules on noise and an earlier curfew than this year.
Festival director Michael Sampliner told the commissioners that onerous restrictions on noise were “untenable” and could hinder Madison House’s ability to lure top-tier musical acts. He said his group was “on a tightrope” as they considered the new stipulations.