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More than 45K people attended Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix


PHOENIX — Nearly 50,000 people attended the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix over the weekend, according to a spokesperson with the festival’s production company.

According to Paige Jepson, a spokeswoman with the San Francisco-based media company Allison & Partners, more than 45,000 people attended the inaugural three-day festival at Steele Indian School Park.

The event, the first of its kind in Phoenix, was hosted by Superfly, the same company that hosts Tennessee’s famed Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco.

Rick Farman, the co-founder of Superfly, said the Lost Lake Festival “exceeded our expectations. The feedback from fans, artists and the city has been overwhelmingly positive.”

“Our mission was to bring people together for a unique event celebrating Phoenix’s music, art, culture and food — we accomplished that,” Farman said. “We’re extremely happy with the outcome and thank the city of Phoenix, all our partners, the creative community and attendees for their support.”

But now Farman said the company is focusing on “wrapping up this year’s event” and looking forward to next year.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton also praised the event’s success in a statement to Cronkite News on Monday, saying it “went as well as could possibly be expected.”

“Steele Indian School Park has never looked more artistic or beautiful, and there were opportunities for local artists and restaurateurs,” Stanton said. “There’s room to grow, and I’m very confident Lost Lake will be back for years to come.”

Lost Lake Festival was first announced in March and was advertised as a “cultural experience” that will create inclusiveness through different artistic mediums.

Farman said at the time that the festival will be “about creating opportunities that are beyond the bands on the stage that really make this a cultural experience.”

“We feel [this] will be embraced by the entire community,” Farman said. “What we do this year is just the start of where we’re going to go with this thing.”

And Farman was not wrong: The festival was more than just music, featuring more than 40 local, national and international artists, dozens of local eateries and plenty of activities.

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