City Stages

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Coordinates: 33°31′14″N 86°48′35″W / 33.52056°N 86.80972°W / 33.52056; -86.80972

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Dates Mid-June
Location(s) Birmingham, Alabama, US
Years active 1989 - 2009
Founded by George McMillian
Official website

City Stages was a three-day arts and music festival in downtown Birmingham, Alabama that took place in and around Linn Park from 1989 to 2009. After losses in 2009 amounted to nearly half a million dollars, the organization running City Stages announced on June 25, 2009 that the event would not return the next year.[1]

City Stages' organizers announced in November 2007 that they hired AC Entertainment, one of the co-producers for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to help produce the Birmingham festival and will advise them for the next three years.[2]

The final City Stages was held on June 13–15, 2009 on Father's Day Weekend. Tickets sales were hampered by inclement weather, the struggling economy, and a poor lineup. After the event, organizers announced that the total debt had surpassed $1 million, and that no further City Stages would be produced.[1]


  1. ^ a b Colruso, Mary; Joseph D. Bryant (2009-06-26). "$1 million-plus debt ends Birmingham music festival City Stages after 21 years". The Birmingham News. 
  2. ^ "Bonnaroo firm hired to boost Birmingham festival". USA Today. November 18, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 

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