LATEST UPDATE: Aug. 26, 4:08 p.m.: Our sister paper LA Weekly has been diligently updating its list of bands originally scheduled to perform at Sunset Junction who've found alternate venues to play in. Check it out here.
UPDATE: Aug. 24, 11:42 a.m.:
According to ABC 7, the LA Board of Public Works have denied Sunset Junction's permit for the annual event again. This means the festival is likely to be canceled, says our sister paper LA Weekly.
The permits were denied because of “the sizable amount of money
organizers owe in fees for city services provided over the course of
Since the permit was originally denied, Sunset Junction has launched an online
fundraiser to come up with the remainder of $141,000 owed for this
year's fees, scheduled bands have tried to find performances in alternate venues and mega-concert promoter Live
Nation had helped the organizers come up with $152,000 cash on hand. But the city still denied the permits because Sunset Junction could not pay the full $400,000 owed in city fees.
UPDATE: Aug 23, 11:54 a.m.: LA Weekly's Dennis Romero has an update on
the fate of Sunset Junction, and its organizers have begun soliciting
donations. West Coast Sound's Andrea Domanick reports that bands scrambling to find alternate locations for their gigs that weekend…stay tuned for official word from the festival on whether or not it's pushing through.
Original post, Aug. 22, 3:57 p.m.: Our sister paper LA Weekly reported that Sunset Junction's permit for this weekend's festival has been denied by the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. Apparently the non-profit
organization owes $141,000 of fees, so the permit could still be granted later if they pay up.
West Coast Sound says “there seems to be
a decent chance, however, that the event will be canceled, although
festival negotiations have gone down to the wire before.” The Sunset Junction line-up includes Butthole Surfers, Bobby Womack, Hanson, the Melvins and Lil Jon.
The festival has long been a source of controversy, particularly in
Silver Lake, where residents feel what started in 1980 as a community
street fair has outgrown its digs. It's the first time in 31 years the
permit has been rejected.