July 22, 2005
Bonnaroo music festival sets Las Vegas spinoff
By Ray Waddell
NASHVILLE (Billboard) - After months of speculation, the
producers of the Bonnaroo festival have confirmed they will
stage a mega-event in Las Vegas around Halloween.
Vegoose is set for Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium Oct. 29-30.
Other late-night music events are planned for the area in as
many as five different venues from Oct. 28 until Oct. 31. Among
those believed to be performing at the stadium shows are Dave
Matthews, the Black Crowes and Jack Johnson, all of whom have
"The programing will be somewhat similar to Bonnaroo in
that it will be an eclectic mix of artists," said Jonathan
Meyers, whose Superfly Presents firm is producing with A.C.
Entertainment. He declined to confirm any of the artists.
Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, Tenn., each June, is the
top-grossing music festival in the world, ringing up $13.3
million from 76,049 people this year, according to Billboard
Boxscore. While Bonnaroo is held on 700 rural Tennessee acres,
Mayers believes the vibe will translate to Vegas.
"We're in the special event business," Mayers adds.
"Bonnaroo has been very successful, and we want to create
another special event. We think Vegas and Halloween are a great
combination, and Vegoose will be an exciting destination."
Tickets will go on sale in early August. Additional details
will be announced at http://www.vegoose.com.