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PromoWest Fest not happening in 2017

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In a press release issued today, PromoWest Productions announced that the 2017 iteration of its PromoWest Fest, which launched in the Arena District's McFerson Commons this past summer, will be postponed until at least 2018 while the company looks for a new, larger location. The release stated that the three-day music festival "exceeded attendance goals" in 2016, drawing nearly 30,000 attendees.  

"Due to the physical restrictions of McFerson Commons and the adjacent development, the opportunities for growth on this site are very limited," said Brian Ellis, President and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors (owner of McFerson Commons Park) in the statement. "We are committed to helping identify a more suitable location that can better accommodate the nature and scale of this event and allow for growth in future years."

In an interview with Alive editor Andy Downing last year, PromoWest President and CEO Scott Stienecker described the fest as a "boutique" event, as opposed to mega-festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. "Our goal … here in Columbus [is] to do 15,000 people a day. I think this first year we’re going to end up doing 10,000 people a day, which is not bad for a first year. If we do 10,000 a day here, we have room to grow to 15,000. We could maybe do 18,000 a day on the site," Stienecker said at the time. "The city’s concern is we’re going to move it out of Downtown ... but the site is part of the draw. It’s along the river. And we think this site is part of the draw, too, or at least the Arena District is part of the draw."

Read Alive's review of PromoWest's 2016 festival and the story of how it came to be.

Full text of the press release below: 

PromoWest Productions has announced the postponement of PromoWest Fest until at least 2018 as the search continues for a new site to accommodate the festival’s future potential.
 
The inaugural PromoWest Fest took place July 15-17, 2016, at McFerson Commons Park in Columbus’ Arena District, featuring headliners including The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse and Snoop Dogg, among many other bands over the full three days. The inaugural 2016 three-day music festival exceeded attendance goals and expectations, hosting nearly 30,000 concertgoers throughout the weekend.
 
“We understand that this event needs to grow in order to be successful, and we believe that this market can support that growth,” said Brian Ellis, President and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors, which owns McFerson Commons Park. “However, due to the physical restrictions of McFerson Commons and the adjacent development, the opportunities for growth on this site are very limited. We are committed to helping identify a more suitable location that can better accommodate the nature and scale of this event and allow for growth in future years.” 
 
Efforts are ongoing to find a new location for the future of PromoWest Fest.

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