Denver music festival: Two big names consider huge event for Overland Park Golf Course

What kind of music festival plays on a golf course? We may find out soon enough.

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What kind of music festival plays on a golf course? We may find out soon enough. Two of the biggest organizers on the festival circuit are interested in Overland Park Golf Course.

The interested companies are a branch of AEG — the giant that owns Coachella — and Superfly, a co-producer of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, according to Grace Ramirez at Denver’s special events office.

Update: We have confirmed more details about the potential festival. Head over to our follow-up article for the latest.

The companies have “homed in” on Denver and one other city for the event, according to Ramirez. The organizers have finalized few details of the potential plan, including its size — but these companies don’t exactly do small potatoes.

“I can only assume that it’s going to be a larger music festival,” Ramirez said, adding that there’s a decent chance it’s a multi-day event.

The organizers are expected to give more details at a community meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1. at 6 p.m at Schmitt Elementary School, 1820 S. Vallejo St.

Even if Denver is selected, the festival could not proceed without city permission. “We’re really just reviewing it with our stakeholders, our residents and businesses,” Ramirez said.

Overland is the “oldest running course west of the Mississippi,” according to the city. It’s across the South Platte River from Ruby Hill Park, where the city is building a multi-million dollar amphitheater which apparently has nothing to do with the potential festival.

For those who can’t make the meeting, the city accepts comment by email to Grace.Ramirez@denvergov.org or anonymously at denvergov.org/specialevents.

We’ve reached out to AEG for comment and will update if we get it.

Andrew Kenney

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