Friends of the Festival shares update on Riverbend 2021

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Friends of the Festival is in the planning stages.

“We haven’t contracted with any artists yet, but we have to start planning,” Friends of the Festival Executive Director Mickey McCamish said.

It put in requests to the City of Chattanooga to approve permits that would allow Friends of the Festival to have on city-owned property Riverfront Nights starting June 5th and Riverbend Oct. 8th-10th.

“It will be a different festival in that it will be smaller in size, looking at three stages versus four stages and in a smaller area,” McCamish said.

Last year, Riverbend was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Friends of the Festival has since downsized and has changed its business model.

“We’ve gone from one business model where one Riverbend Festival funded the next year’s Riverbend Festival to now doing on a contract basis funding the Riverbend entirely and Riverfront Nights,” McCamish said.

Last year, the county did allow Friends of the Festival to run a summer music series and drive-in movie at the Riverfront Park.

“I might also add that the COVID-19 testing, none of those came back to any of those attending those concerts and the drive-in movie, and we had several thousands of people attending those,” McCamish said.

McCamish said that it will likely be a new mayor that will sign off on the permits and is confident they’ll get approved this year.

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