Update: After KQED's report Thursday, on March 8, Porter Robinson announced on Facebook that he changed the name of Multiverse Festival to Second Sky Festival after becoming aware of the Multivrs is Illuminated. "i feel like the right thing to do is change the name of our festival," he wrote, announcing the name change. He continued, "(to my fans, please respect my decision here & respect the other event)."
On March 4, Grammy-nominated electronic music producer Porter Robinson announced a partnership with live music promoter Goldenvoice to bring a new festival to Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in June: Multiverse Festival.
Robinson quickly encountered backlash, however, as Oakland is already home to a volunteer-run, donation-based music festival called the Multivrs is Illuminated. The Multivrs is Illuminated, which debuted in 2017 as the Universe is Lit and changed its name in 2018, centers black and brown LGBTQ artists working in punk and experimental music, and features local and national underground artists.
Jade Ariana Fair and Shawna Shanté Scroggins, organizers of the Multivrs is Illuminated, aired their grievances on March 6 in an open letter addressed to Robinson and Goldenvoice on Instagram.
After KQED inquired about the festival's name, a representative for Multiverse Festival wrote in an email on March 7: "We have been made aware of the Multivrs is Illuminated and are currently in the process of changing the name." (At press time, the name remains the same on the Multiverse Festival's promotional materials and social media accounts. Goldenvoice did not return KQED's request for comment for this story.)