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Thanks to Jonathan and CL for a tremendous and accurate story, well told.
Our family thanks everyone who attended events and enjoyed their stay at S4/QUAD. We were nothing without your support and compassion.
We wish the best of luck to the competition and to the continued success of our landlord Selig Enterprises. Without the quiet blessing of Steve Selig, our venue continued to grow into what it eventually became.
I also want to thank Chris, Elvis and Oreo for all their hard work for no pay over the years. I may have been the heart, but they were the muscle and brains that kept the party flowing.
Finally, love and much respect to my scene kids; I miss you all terribly. But for me, this is Farewell.
The only things I won't miss are the goddamn pencil pricks at City Hall, NPU-E, the so-called Midtown Neighbors' Association and APD License & Permits. Fuck those red tape impotent drones.
There. Now I feel better.
Like a lead balloon. Atlanta will not pay these prices for EDM acts. And in the middle of tornado season.
Yeah, good luck with that, Timmy.
I just got off the phone a few hours ago with Jay DiPasquale, City Manager for the City of Chattahoochee Hills, who just started a few months ago, long after the process was under way.
The property owner and his PR person were very breezy about the logistics, claiming they had done it for years the European way, and quite well knew what they were doing. So jay, new and not wanting to rock the boat (the boat had long since sailed by the time he was hired) he quietly went along with it.
In a way, he is glad it happened like this. No one died. There was multiple levels of blame to go around, including the property owner, the shuttle vendor and the city's decision to close and divert certain traffic paths.
Jay agrees with me that one of the many things they are considering (and they are considering MANY things) is pavement of the feeder roads, or the creation of shuttle express entries and exits, to address the non camper transportation needs.
This was our third and last year. Age, burnout and more of a willingness to work the festival than to attend as well as the dangerous muddy conditions in the main walk areas. Although we camped in Easy Tent, we left out of the West lot by noon Saturday and never looked back.
Those of you asking about Echo: it is a no go. There is no parking like the long streets Masq had available. The closest residential neighbor has been successful at getting music shut OFF at 11PM, and there are other issues with distance requirements on the liquor permit. And there is no place for an outdoor part, even if the neighborhood would allow it.
Masq is "officially" running as a "restaurant, with live music and entertainment", which is why they can do all ages shows, like QUAD and Opera run. Consider what it would cost to develop the Dairy bldg into a funky venue. Now multiply that by 4 times. The city is not too keen to just give a makeover for a "change of use" from a manufacturing facility to a restaurant, unless there is some deep pockets willing to pay for inspections, bringing the building up to current codes, architect plans, civil engineering plans, runoff studies, steep "impact fees" because of the added strain to the system (sewer, Fire and rescue, Grease Trap maintenance, etc).
QUAD has a legal capacity of 2700 and 10,000 more if Spring Street was shut down in front of it. They are just waiting for a good live music promoter to come and start booking shows at Legacy. But as I said earlier, even QUAD's time is ticking. Backstreet. Spring Street. North Ave. As far as good times go, the end is neigh for a rachet night.
Hmm..Sounds like Caren West PR needs a PR firm to clean up their name.
I always wondered why they would not do business with us instead of Terminal West.
Gues EDM is not her cup of vodka.
Yeah, speaking of old building used as venues, there is always QUAD!
But alas, even QUADs fate is sealed. After their lease expires in Jan 2018, the buildings are slated to be demoed by owner Selig Enterprises and a (wait for it...) mixed use development building put on that whole block from 4th Ponce, probably including Flex.
No more 708 no more Apache no more Quad no more Legacy.
Atlanta is running out of cheap places to party, and it is probably by design. How long until the Eagle is gone too?
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