Organizers at Arise Music Festival have hit a snag in their attempt to bring the annual music and lifestyle festival back to northern Colorado in 2020.
According to a report shared by regional news outlet North Forty News late last week, the Sheriff’s department of Larimer County where the event typically takes place in Loveland, CO, has yet give event producers the thumbs up for one of the necessary permits citing concerns about the distance, road design, strain on emergency services, distance for first responders, and the flow of traffic on the roads.
Luke Comer, who works as part of the executive production team at Arise, shared a statement to L4LM on the ongoing process to get the 2020 event permit approved by the county, saying, “The Sheriff did, indeed, object to the Special Event Permit Application from Arise. But he does not make the final decision. Arise will have a public hearing on this matter, with the Larimer County Commissioners; and they make the final decision. We at Arise are working on the “Sheriff’s” concerns—as well as concerns from other county departments and neighbors. We feel we are on track for Arise 2020.”
The event returned for its seventh year last August with performances throughout the late-summer weekend at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland from Tipper, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, SunSquabi, Aqueous, and more. Arise has grown into Colorado’s largest camping festival since beginning in 2012. Along with a full schedule of live music, event producers also curate the weekend with yoga classes and workshops, art installations, panel discussions, playshops, and more, with the overall goal of encouraging the exploration of human potential in a safe and caring environment. Arise even landed on Live For Live Music’s “Honorable Mention” list of Favorite Music Festivals in 2019.
It’s worth noting that the team producing this year’s event is not the same as previous editions, and also comes with a proposed change of location for the 2020 festival.
“Paul Bassis and Tierro Lee on the one hand, and Luke Comer, on the other hand, have agreed to part ways in connection with the Arise Music Festival,” the event also mentioned in a statement. “Mr. Comer will continue to operate the Arise Music Festival. Mr. Bassis and Mr. Lee will pursue other endeavors in the music and festival business. The Arise Music Festival will no longer be presented at Sunrise Ranch, but will take place at another location in Colorado to be announced. Sunrise Ranch will be pursuing the development of future festivals and concerts at the Ranch.”
“I am not sure that his denial means the event is off for that location,” Comer added. “As always, Arise is entirely devoted to the safety of our patrons and surrounding people, communities and lands.”
Arise has not shared any information on the dates, location, or artist lineup for the 2020 event as of Wednesday (2/26). The only statement shared on the official event website reads, “Stay Tuned For 2020 Announcements Coming Soon.”
[H/T North Forty News]