Plano’s Starfest Music Festival. The Mystery
It’s a case for curiosity: a music festival due to take place in Collin County that’s promising an all-star line up to wow punters. However, with less than a month to go, the billing for Starfest still hasn’t been announced, so what’s going on? And why have Plano city officials recently announced a contract termination with the promoters of Starfest Music Festival?
Co-founder David Taylor has been making a lot of promises for the event billed to take place at Oak Point Park on September 8th and 9th. Claims of having world famous artists in genres ranging from EDM, hip hop, and pop abound. Some of the acts already announced at the festival include rappers Lil’ Wayne and Flo Rida, with more reveals promised in coming weeks. The “Rising Star Stage” is also touted as a performance space for around 60 local bands hoping to get their music out to the people. Each band is due to be allocated a half-hour slot to allow multiple acts maximum coverage.
Tickets are being sold at $85 for a day pass, rising to $1,250 for a VIP weekend ticket. Organisers are hoping to fetch crowds of up to 20,000 people each day. Plano officials aren’t putting forward sponsorship for the event like some no deposit online casinos may decide, but are keeping close tabs on how the festival is being put together. The short turnaround and slightly abrupt planning style has called to mind other recent washout festivals like Fyre Fest where big promises have led to disastrous results. But organisers are adamant that Starfest is going to be cut from a different cloth. Despite the seemingly short inception period, management insists that the festival is the result of months of long-term planning.
However, at this point, it seems the festival is heading down the drain. Prior to Plano terminating its permission for Starfest to go ahead, there weren’t nearly as many as 60 local acts lined up to play. Lone Star Park in Grand Prarie was initially set as a replacement venue before planning permission was revoked there as well. Amongst other woes, Simon Perez, hired as a booker for the festival, is now suing organisers claiming that they pursued the hiring of acts outside of his commissary remit.
Some of the organisers have gone on to blame the press for setting a negative tone for the festival’s development. But with nothing but a handful of vague and fanciful promises combined with what appears to be a lacklustre organisational ethic, who can blame them? The astronomical cost of tickets also makes it hard to see the “pop-up” festival as anything more than a mercenary cash grab. Regardless, the organisers seem to be dug in on their position of getting the festival going come what may, and even if you don’t have a ticket, watching this story develop should be entertaining enough in itself.