DUSSELDORF, Germany (CelebrityAccess) — Live Nation’s plans to bring a Rock in Rio event to the German city of Dusseldorf next year may be on hold in the wake of the failed attempt to stage an Ed Sheeran concert at the same location.
According to German newspaper Westfälische Rundschau, Live Nation’s Production Office (POE GmbH) had approached the city about hosting a major music festival at the city’s new D.LIVE Open Air Park in 2019.
But organizers have expressed doubts about the viability of such an event in the face of outrage from environmentalists over the use of the park for major events.
“With great interest, we have followed the events and discussions about the D.Live Open Air Park and the planned concert of Ed Sheeran,” Production Office wrote in the letter to the mayor. “In view of the decision of the Dusseldorf council of last Wednesday, we are now more uncertain, however, whether it makes sense at all to pursue these plans.”
The news comes just a week after a German promoter FKP Scorpio attempted to relocate an Ed Sheeran concert to the park after its original venue proved to be unworkable. However, a review of the proposed site revealed that more than 100 trees would have to be removed from the festival grounds to make the site more accurate.
The tree removal proved to be too big of a hurdle and in the face of protests from environmentalists, the city refused to issue a permit for the use of the park.
However, at least according to Production Office, tree felling would be necessary to properly stage the event.
“To stage a festival of this magnitude and quality, and similar to the [proposed] Ed Sheeran concert certain infrastructure measures and changes to the terrain are inevitable, which include the felling of trees. For this purpose, however, appropriate ecological measures and substitute plantings of trees are also planned on our side. All of the Rock in Rio festivals held are carbon neutral and sustainable,” festival organizers wrote to the mayor, according to Westfälische Rheinische.
The letter also urged the Mayor and City Council to make a decision by the end of July in order for the festival to be possible to produce by 2019.
Live Nation acquired the Rock in Rio festival brand in May.