City council again hears proposal for large music festival in Missoula

A concert promoter who wants to host a two-day music festival in Playfair Park next summer and for the next eight years, with as many as 20,000 people attending each day, came back before a Missoula city council committee on Wednesday to make another pitch.

City officials say he’s addressed their concerns, but skeptics remain and some neighbors are still urging the city to not sign a contract.

The proposed layout of the concert. The stage would be near Splash Montana.


Scott Osburn says he wants to host a “family-friendly” concert in the park on a weekend in early July, with the shows ending at 10 p.m. each night (Friday and Saturday), and said he’s been trying hard to allay concerns from community members in the neighborhood. He admitted his first presentation to the city council late last month caused quite a stir.

“I acknowledge that last meeting to council did not provide enough information to council,” he said. “I apologize and recognize that has led to over 10 days of frustration and, very frankly, anxiety in the community and a

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