Live Nation Close To Securing Pemberton Festival Again

Live Nation Close To Securing Pemberton Festival Again
The Pemberton Festival has just come one step closer to hosting future star-studded music events in rural BC.

According to a report by the Whistler Question (via CBC Radio 3), BC’s Agricultural Land Commission has green-lit Live Nation’s application to again use the 2008 Pemberton Festival site, which this summer hosted such big-name acts as Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Tom Petty.

To use what is regarded as prime agricultural land, Live Nation will have to enter into a memorandum however, which must be signed by Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Village of Pemberton and Live Nation before July 1, 2009. Also, as part of the deal, Live Nation must hire a professional agronomist (a soil/crop expert) to help diminish soil damage and oversee the land’s post-festival cleanup.

If the memorandum is signed, Live Nation will get to use the site for three years and have the possibility to get two more three-year extensions.

However, at this point it’s unclear as to whether the promoter will be able to get the festival organized in time for summer 2009. Live Nation’s Shane Bourbonnais told the newspaper that even if all is approved, the timelines for pulling together a festival for next summer were extremely tight.

As we previously reported, this year the Pemberton Festival attracted more than 40,000 festival-goers, who were met with dust storms, hours-long traffic jams, overflowing toilets and overworked medical tents, along with the music.

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