Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Breaking Exclusive: Metropolis St. Louis Cancels This Year's Lot Festival

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 8:22 AM

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Bummer news: Metropolis St. Louis announced late yesterday that it's canceled this year's edition of the Lot, an annual local music festival traditionally held in the parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room. In a press release, Michael Tomko, one of the festival's organizers, said:

"What it comes down to is that the economics of putting on a festival this size are just simply not the same as they were even last year. Metropolis has decided to take a well-deserved year off from The Lot Festival and instead we are focusing our energy on supporting all of the other great events being put on this summer in St. Louis. Our mission is, and always has been, to create and promote an environment in the city of St. Louis that attracts and retains young people."

The festival ran for eleven years downtown and has been a reliable showcase for both up-and-coming and established local acts; notable performers in recent years have included Nite Owl, So Many Dynamos, Bunnygrunt, Jon Hardy & the Public. Full press release after the jump.

Metropolis St. Louis today announced the cancellation of the 2010 Lot Festival in downtown St. Louis after an 11-year run.

"What it comes down to is that the economics of putting on a festival this size are just simply not the same as they were even last year," said Michael Tomko, one of the Festival's organizers. "Metropolis has decided to take a well-deserved year off from The Lot Festival and instead we are focusing our energy on supporting all of the other great events being put on this summer in St. Louis. Our mission is, and always has been, to create and promote an environment in the city of St. Louis that attracts and retains young people."

The Lot outdoor music festival has been a treasured St. Louis tradition since 1998 - starting with one person's dream of hanging out in a St. Louis parking lot, listening to live local bands and drinking beer. Over the next 11 years the LOT developed into a full-scale, free outdoor music festival, engaging people of all backgrounds with fun outdoor activities, great food and artist exhibitions.

"The cancellation is definitely bittersweet having been a patron, performer, sponsor and organizer of The Lot at different times throughout the last five or six years," added Tomko. "But I know that this is the right decision for us in 2010. All of us at Metropolis St. Louis are looking forward to an opportunity to get out and enjoy a little more of what our fellow organizations are doing this year. The city is back. Back the city."

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