The 2019 edition of "Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" has been canceled after failing to secure the necessary permits.
A statement posted on the festival's web site said the event was called off after California State Parks denied a permit for the event.
State Parks superintendent Kevin Pearsall told The Orange County Register that the event's production company, Freeze Management, failed to pay all fees for the festival, including those related to public safety. He said the company also didn't produce contracts for sanitation services and hadn't provided safety documentation for the main stage as required by California State Parks and the Office Of The State Fire Marshall.
"For the first time ever, that I've experienced, we are a week out and we were unable to collect fees for any of the required elements of the permit, which included law enforcement, medical and fire," Pearsall said. "We couldn't get any of the documents from [Freeze Management] to finish up the Fire Marshall element or the ABC license. Everything has timelines and limits and every single one of them were not met.
"We decided today, at this point, with literally nothing in place, the best thing to do was not to approve the permit."
Hagar issued a statement, saying: "I was surprised and very disappointed to learn of the cancelation. More than anything, I'm just sorry to inconvenience the fans."
"Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" was scheduled to take place September 28-29 in Huntington Beach, California, with performances by SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE (featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson) with special guest Richie Sambora, THE BEACH BOYS, Vince Neil of MÖTLEY CRÜE, NIGHT RANGER, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, EXTREME, STEEL PANTHER, Tony Lewis from THE OUTFIELD, Patty Smyth and SCANDAL, and more.
Hagar told OC Weekly that his inaugural "High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" in 2018 was a learning experience.
"It was the best time, but we made a lot of mistakes," Hagar admitted. "We ran out of beer. We ran out of tacos. We ran out of T-shirts. It was twice the success anyone expected."