So Hood Shut Down

An unauthorized concert advertised as an alternative to the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia July 25-27 was shut down before it even began.

Organizers for the So Hood Summer Jam ’08, which was scheduled to take place just down the road from the massive Live Nation-promoted event, had begun advertising and selling tickets for a show that featured three stages, 12 hip-hop acts and a beer garden.

But they forgot one major detail – they had no permit.

"Unlike the Live Nation concert, which has been working with us and received approval six months ago, these people appear to have no approval from any of the agencies involved," Paul Edgington, chief administrative officer for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, told the Province of Vancouver.

The B.C. Supreme Court reportedly granted an injunction prohibiting the use of the property that So Hood planned as its festival site and ordered organizers to stop advertising the event and selling tickets.

Organizers had sold as many as 900 tickets to the festival before the court order. Tickets were $40 each, with three-day camping passes going for $150, the paper said.