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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MusicfestNW 2014 to Be a Two-Day Festival at Portland Waterfront

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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[UPDATE Wed 3:12 pm]: MusicfestNW Executive Director Trevor Solomon offered the following statement this afternoon: "MusicFestNW is excited and pleased to have so many people already anticipating next year's festival. However, we're still planning the 14th annual MusicFestNW. Stay tuned, we'll have big news for everyone in the new year."

[ORIGINAL POST]: Early rumors indicate that big changes are in store for next year's MusicfestNW (MFNW). Instead of a multi-day, multi-venue festival, 2014's edition will be a two-day affair at the Portland Waterfront, with room for 10,000 festivalgoers, and two large stages—one sponsored by Nike and one by Red Bull, the Mercury's sources indicate. This is a marked change from Musicfests of previous years, in which more than a dozen Portland venues around town played host to more than 100 different acts over as many as six nights. This will be a condensed, far more focused affair, more akin to other Northwest music festivals such as the Gorge Amphitheater's Sasquatch!, or Portland's annual Waterfront Blues Festival. It also marks the end of concerts taking place in Pioneer Courthouse Square, a relatively recent development that, while initially anchoring the festival, suffered this past year from both bad weather and neighbor complaints.

When asked for confirmation on any of the potential changes, or information about 2014's festival in general, MusicfestNW Executive Director Trevor Solomon declined to comment [SEE ABOVE]. MusicfestNW typically takes place at the beginning of September, and is run in part by Willamette Week. It's traditionally Portland's big live-music event of the year, and we like it a lot. We'll provided any further updates and/or confirmation, as the information becomes available.

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