TUPELO – The city has approved a major outdoor music event planned for March that could bring internationally known artists and draw thousands of fans.
The Minerva Music Festival will be held March 13 at Ballard Park and feature non-stop tunes from a lineup of yet-to-be-announced alternative bands.
Organizer Christian White of Saltillo-based Solar Enterprises got permission Nov. 10 from the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department to use the city park and stage.
On Tuesday, he won approval from the City Council to sell beer within an enclosed area during the event. The council voted 5-2 to grant permission.
Ward 6 Councilman Mike Bryan and Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings voted against the beer permit but otherwise said they support the event.
“It will be the first alternative music festival of this kind that Tupelo has ever seen,” White said. “Think Memphis in May or the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. We’ll try our best to match our wits with those types of festivals.”
This is not, however, the city’s first outdoor music event. Tupelo has hosted the Elvis Festival, Mississippi Multi-Cultural Gospel Fest and the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra’s performance in the park.
White anticipates a crowd of 3,000-6,000 – mostly teens and young adults. And he has set tickets at $40 per person, according to a booking document obtained online.
If successful, White said, he wants to hold the festival, named after the Roman goddess of music, as an annual event.
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Minerva Music Festival
Ballard Park, Tupelo
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