County pulls plug on Kaleidoscope Music Festival

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The organizers of the Kaleidoscope Music Festival have had the plug pulled on their music, after the county says they didn't comply with their agreement.

Mike Russell, the county parks director, says they have opted to terminate the contract based on a breach of the agreement.

He says excessive late loud music was the big breach.

Russell says the Kaleidoscope managers didn't follow the 2:00 am time limit to cut off the music on the 'Midnight Stage.'

He says that one night during the festival they went to 3:00 am, and a second night the music went on until 3:45 am.

The contract still had 3 years left.

Russell says county commissioners will still go ahead with its September 17 discussion on future use of the Emerald Meadows venue near Mt. Pisgah.

He says other events they've had there can go forward, but the board has the final say.

In the last year, Lane County government started leasing the Emerald Meadows venue in the Howard Buford Recreation Area for performances, generating revenue for park maintenance.

The 80-acre site has hosted three musical events in 2013, but organizers admit that the number of complaints was unusually high for the Kaleidoscope event.

Daily crowds numbered between 6,000 and 9,000 people, causing traffic jams and congestion on the roads leading in and out of the venue.

Music at the Kaleidoscope festival started Friday evening and lasted through Sunday night. Headline acts included Bassnectar and hip-hop legend Nas.