MASSV Cancels 2014 Sun Valley Festival, Promises To Return in 2015


Ketchum, Idaho ( Ketchum Keystone) - The Music & Arts Showcase Sun Valley (MASSV) music festival has been canceled for the summer of 2014, due to red tape in securing an event permit from Blaine County. The festival’s organizers plan to hold the festival again in 2015.
“Team MASSV regrets to announce that we have to cancel MASSV 2014 due to delays in the event permitting processes,” states a recent news release from the festival. “We don’t feel that we can deliver the best possible MASSV this summer considering this time constraint.”
The event, organized by MASSV Holdings LLC, will offer a refund to those who have already purchased a ticket to the 2014 festival. MASSV has also extended to them a 50 percent discount on pre-sale tickets for 2015.
“MASSV is an independent, grassroots event run by volunteers, and we want to thank everyone for their support,” the release states. “We are committed to a first-class event, [and are] working diligently to ensure MASSV happens in 2015. Since we lost a year in space, MASSV will be twice as intergalactic when the spaceship returns.”
The event took place in Ketchum during its first two years, in 2012 and 2013. However, noise and other complaints led MASSV to search for a venue outside Ketchum city limits for 2014.
At a regular Board of Blaine County Commissioners meeting on April 8, MASSV presented an application to secure a permit to hold the event on Glendale Farm, located at 35 Costoff Road, south of Bellevue. The commissioners did not approve the permit at the meeting.
A county staff report included in the meeting packet cites concerns that the event’s anticipated more than 5,000 attendees would exceed the maximum allowance of 3,500; that the event would exceed the maximum allowed 24-hour duration period for such events; that the event would be too far from Hailey, Ketchum or Sun Valley city limits (the county’s permit requirements state that such events must be no farther than two miles from one of those cities); that the event proposed to have fewer medical personnel in attendance than the required standard; and that the event requested an excessive period of time in advance of the festival for attendees to set up campsites.

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