Waterfront Park, the host of the CRSSD Electronic Music Festival in San Diego, is looking at more than $64,000 in repairs following the March event. The county says that promoter FNGRS CRSSD will foot the bill (from NBC).
The repairs required were listed as such: Replacing more than 500 plants ($35,340), damaged turf and granite surfaces ($14,250), damaged irrigation equipment ($6,270), a sign in the playground area requiring replacement ($2,000...must have been a really nice sign) and concrete requiring work due to beverage stains and chewing gum (no price listed).
FNGRS CRSSD paid a $7,000 deposit for use of the park, according to the county, and the rest of the additional charges will be invoiced to the promoter. Don't think that this means the city will hesitate to rent the park out for the CRSSD Festival next year however. The county rented the park to the promoters for $33,000, a sum that totaled a third of the predicted income that the city generated from the property during 2015. If FNGRS CRSSD is willing to shell out similar rates for repairs in the future, the city will welcome it back with open arms.
Don't think that this is strictly an EDM problem. Any music festival held in an urban setting is bound to draw some sort of additional fines for repairs. Lollapalooza organizers faced a major tab following the heavy rains on the last day of programming last year: Damage to the lawns and other features led to more than $266,000 worth of payments from promoters. And that was child's play compared to the 2011 rendition, where Sunday storms led to C3 Presents paying more than $800,000 for damage to Grant Park in downtown Chicago. The 2011 event inspired promoters to better secure planted areas to prevent future damage.
Empire of The Sun, Chromeo and James Murphy were among the headliners for this year's event.