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Vegoose music festival won't return for 2008

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Las Vegas music festival Vegoose will not take place in 2008, one of its producers told

“We’re not saying it’s killed, it’s just not going to happen in 2008,” said Jonathan Mayers, president of Superfly Presents, which co-produces Vegoose with A.C. Productions.

Vegoose debuted in 2005 as a Halloween season, multi-venue music festival, with headliners Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Beck and others performing at Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

“Over the last few years we’ve built some great relationships out there.” Mayers said. “We’re really studying the model out in Vegas as to what makes sense. I think there is a model out there to do other events in Vegas, it’s just different.”

In its first year, the festival grossed $4.6 million with more than 72,000 attendance, but revenue and attendance declined to just $2.2 million and 36,781 in 2007, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Superfly and A.C. Productions also produce Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, the top-grossing festival in North America, whose 2008 edition is scheduled for June 12-15.

Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment will this year launch the Outside Lands festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, August 22-24. Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson will headline.