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Echo Park Rising Fills Void Left By Sunset Junction Festival

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Last year around this time, the city denied permits for the Sunset Junction Festival. In the wake of the long-running festival's demise, a smaller, impromptu festival was born: Echo Park Rising.

This year the Echo Park festival is returning, and with more planning it should be bigger and better (but still free). Echo Park Rising kicks off this Saturday around 11 am at venues along Sunset Boulevard and goes on until 2 am. There will be live music, DJs, comedy, film screenings and zine-making.

The main stage will be set up in the parking lot of TAIX, horror films will be screened on the roof of the CitiBank building across the street, and the Echoplex will be hosting the Press 'n' Play fest.

Organizers say that they have 65 businesses and non-profits involved, and over 60 bands and comedians will be performing. Here's a Spotify playlist to give you a taste of the local bands that will be playing.

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May it be just as "darling" as Sunset Junction Festival was in its early days.

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