Duran Duran to headline new RoundUp MusicFest

It still aims to be one of Stampede’s biggest corporate shindigs, but it will have a new name, be in a new location and have new beneficiaries.

The Roundup MusicFest will kick off its inaugural event on July 11 at Shaw Millennium Park with headliners Duran Duran, with more acts to be announced.

Tickets for the previously private party go on sale to the general public — 18-plus public, mind you — at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 from the official website, and will run you $120-a-pop (plus GST).

Some of the monies raised will go to the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre, which is “an organization that works to help our Canadian Armed Forces military personnel and their families cope with the unique military lifestyle challenges.”

“I’ve been looking forward to announcing the headliner for what is sure to be the concert event of the summer,” Sarah Geddes, communications director of The Roundup MusicFest, said in a statement. “We’re also very excited to partner with corporate Calgary to raise funds for our charity partner, the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) …

 “Giving back to the community is extremely important, and we couldn’t think of a more notable cause.”

The RoundUp MusicFest grew out of the Stampede Roundup, an annual event held at Fort Calgary, which was a partnership with The Rotary Club of Calgary. When that agreement ended last year, organizers turned to promoters Live Nation for the new event.

According to a Postmedia story, the Rotary Club, now partnered with Stampede Entertainment Inc., still plans on holding their annual concert in July.