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Event organizers announce postponement of Doheny Days Music Festival until fall 2014

The crowd sings along at the 2012 Doheny Days music festival. Photo by Jay Blakesberg
The crowd sings along at the 2012 Doheny Days music festival. Photo by Jay Blakesberg

By Andrea Papagianis

Event organizers of two major music festivals at Doheny State Beach quelled questions and put to bed the uncertainty of fans this week, by answering: What’s up with Doheny Days?

Omega Events, the producer of the Doheny Blues Festival and Doheny Days, told music fans through their Facebook page this week of plans to delay the latter festival until 2014, citing growing economic challenges to produce the large scale event.

“We regret to announce the postponement of the Doheny Days festival this September,” organizers said in a post Tuesday morning. “We thank the music fans in Southern California for supporting Doheny Days, and we are proud to have presented an incredible roster of artists over the years.”

Since 1997, the company has produced 10 Doheny Days festivals and is confident they’ll continue the event next fall. This isn’t the first time organizers have taken a break from the event. After a six year hiatus, the fall music festival returned in grand fashion in 2011 with performances by Weezer, CAKE, Ziggy Marley and this year’s blues festival headliner, Ben Harper.

Last year’s festival saw the likes of The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Santigold, Jimmy Eat World and Jane’s Addiction. But this year, organizers said the economics of producing the event to bring in well-known artists remained an ongoing challenge.

“This break will allow us to focus on improving the fan experience, securing the best artists and exploring new opportunities,” Omega Events founder Rich Sherman said in a statement.

Along with the news, the company kept things positive and announced the dates for their 17th springtime blues festival set for Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014.

“We are encouraged by the support of music fans, the artists themselves and our corporate partners and are thrilled to add new energy and ideas for next year’s event,” Sherman said.

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