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Woodstock in Abbotsford?

08/21/2013 01:56 EDT | Updated 10/21/2013 05:12 EDT
The family of a rock and roll legend and some Lower Mainland businessmen want to stage an international outdoor music festival in Abbotsford.

Planners of Myxxfest — YXX is the abbreviation for the Abbotsford International Airport — are hoping to book several well known bands to play the charity event at the airport next August.

"We're reaching out to the Rolling Stones, we're reaching out to the reformation of Led Zeppelin....[and] you know, placing the right information pertaining to Sir Paul McCartney" said Gary Karlsen, president of the Jimi Hendrix Family Foundation.

In addition to reaching out to Leon Hendrix, Jimi's brother, Karlsen also recruited Abbotsford resident Sir James Barlow — the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin — to help involve local and international charities.

But Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman is urging caution about the possible concert.

"We need a business plan, and we need to make the airport security is first and paramount," he said.

Banman also stressed the City of Abbotsford will not pay for the event.

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