2 Twin Cities summer music festivals called off

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Plans for two major outdoor music festivals in the Twin Cities this summer have been pulled, the Star Tribune reports.

The newspaper says Live Nation's River's Edge festival and First Avenue's inaugural outdoors fest have both been called off. Live Nation reportedly spent – and lost – millions of dollars on the mega music festival at St. Paul's Harriet Island in 2012, which was first in a five-year commitment to the city.

The two-day show in 2012 featured such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Tool and the Flaming Lips, and cost Live Nation about $4.8 million, City Pages said.

The concert promoter's show for 2013 didn't happen, and with word of the 2014 event being called off as well, the Star Tribune is speculating the festival may be over for good.

The River's Edge website said while the 2013 festival was called off, it was "hopeful that the event will once again take place in 2014."

First Avenue says it is not moving forward with plans for an outdoor festival this year because the venue couldn't find "the perfect lineup." The longtime Minneapolis music club was hoping to host outdoor concerts at the Parade Athletic Fields near Walker Art Center.

"We’re not going to bang our heads against the wall trying to make our festival work," First Avenue General Manager Nate Kranz told the Star Tribune.

The paper says First Avenue's purchase of the Turf Club in St. Paul also played a factor in the decision, since it shifted some of the club's resources.

Hopes for a First Avenue outdoor festival were alive as late as last month, the Star Tribune says.

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