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Organizers, Galt House locked in dispute over Beatles festival

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A popular Beatles Festival that brings thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to Louisville may not come back after next year. A tiff between Abbey Road on the River and the Galt House is to blame. 

Festival organizer Gary Jacob did not want to speak on camera but said he met with the Galt House and  the Convention and Visitors Bureau Tuesday afternoon. Jacob says it went well, and they will decide in a few months, what their plans are for 2017.

Abbey Road organizers sent a press release Monday filled with jabs towards the Galt House, saying the hotel acts like the festival is theirs. The release read, in part, "2016 will be a blowout...festival organizers promise to make it the best farewell party the city will ever imagine!"

The four-day festival has been in Louisville since 2005. Bands play over Memorial Day Weekend on the Belvedere with the Galt House overlooking it. It blocks off rooms with special rates for staff, customers and band members. The Marriott will be the host hotel next year, according to a spokeswoman for Abbey Road on the River.

What happens after 2016 is still up in the air. The festival may leave town or end altogether. From a business standpoint, it is not something the city wants to see. 

"It brings about $3 million and about 25,000 in attendees each year. We're still hopeful and we're still holding out hope that the show producer and the other parties involved can work this out and that we will be able to host them past 2016," said Karen William, President and CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Galt House released a statement yesterday saying the company is disappointed and is dedicated to supporting local events and driving business to the city. A spokeswoman for the festival says there has been a strained relationship between Abbey Road and the Galt House for some time.

Gary Jacob also said he believes both sides want what is best for Louisville.

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