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Future of Birmingham music festival up in air

In this photo taken late Friday, June 5, 2009 British musician Pete Doherty performs during the Neuchatel Open Air music festival in Neuchatel, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sandro Campardo)

In this photo taken late Friday, June 5, 2009 British musician Pete Doherty performs during the Neuchatel Open Air music festival in Neuchatel, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sandro Campardo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Organizers of Birmingham's City Stages music festival are assessing the future of the event after a rough
year.

The three-day event ended Sunday with crowds that appeared smaller than in past years, and vendors complained of low sales.

Those factors could mean trouble for the festival, which had to obtain $550,000 in city funding to stay afloat this year.

City Stages president George McMillan said there must some serious thought to the future of the event.

City Stages was once known as a proving ground for new, hot
bands.

This year's headliners included vintage acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers and Styx.


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