This was supposed to be a post about the best bands to see at this weekend’s Sunset Junction Festival in Silverlake, CA.  Now, that post would be irrelevant.

Earlier today, it was announced that the 2011 version of the annual street music festival has been canceled due to a failure to obtain a permit from the city of Los Angeles.  Festival organizers were denied the necessary permit by the L.A. Board of Public Works due to unpaid fees both past and present.  Even with a great deal of monetary support from Live Nation (who donated $100,000) and other sources, the non-profit organization was ultimately denied the ability to hold this year’s festival at a meeting Wednesday night.  Above is a picture of Arthur Adams performing at the 2008 Sunset Junction festival, but his facial expression might as well represent the feelings of anger and frustration that both fans and organizers are feeling in response to this announcement.

This year’s cancellation is highly upsetting for the live music community in Los Angeles.  The festival has been around for over thirty years now, and it’s continuously grown as one of the city’s premier events.  The success in the area has only furthered as Silver Lake and Echo Park have become cultural centers for young music fans in L.A.  Groups like The Butthole Surfers and The Melvins as well as Hanson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Peaches, and many more were scheduled to perform this Saturday.  The festival website crashed after the announcement and has yet to resurface.

It’s unfortunate not only that thousands of fans will be denied the opportunity to see such a diverse and exciting lineup, but that the organizers of such a positive musical event will have to suffer legal and financial trouble.  Hopefully with community support and monetary assistance the festival will be able to pay off its debt and return either with the same line up at a later date this year (idealistic and unlikely, but preferable) or with a different line up next year.

For those looking for festival alternatives, Playground Festival will be taking place in Irvine on September 3rd with groups like Game, Panic at the Disco, The Cataracts, Lil Jon, The Bravery, and more.  Also, FYF Fest will be taking place nearby Silver Lake in Downtown Los Angeles on the same day and will feature groups like Descendents, Death From Above 1979, and Broken Social Scene.

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