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Bonnaroo Organizers Weigh Country Festival

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Nashville's top tourism executive revealed that he has been in talks with the organizers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival over staging a new country music festival at the Manchester farm.

According to The Tennessean Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon said he has been in talks with organizers who own the farm where Bonnaroo is held, about staging new music events there, including a country music festival.

The annual 4-day Bonnaroo festival, is produced by Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment and Live Nation came aboard in the festival earlier this year after buying a controlling stake in the event. The festival attracts an annual attendance of more than 80,000 and had a $51 million impact on the region, according to a 2012 study.

Spyridon's comments seem to confirm comments by Superfly co-founder Rick Farman told Billboard magazine following the Live Nation deal that organizers are "going to put a greater emphasis on bringing some other events to the farm, which I think will be beneficial to everyone involved, the Bonnaroo community and the local and regional community as well." – Staff Writers