Although Imagine Music Festival proved to be a resounding success this weekend (full review coming in time), the police have revealed several noise complaints from three different counties around the venue. The three-day event was held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, with reported complaints being traced all the way to Fayetteville – a county over ten miles away.

“If you live two counties away and it would take you almost thirty minutes to drive there,” said Cathy Bonner, a Fayetteville resident, “You shouldn’t be able to hear the drums and bass pounding until 3 a.m. for three nights in a row.” Although this claim seems a little ridiculous, that area of Georgia is quite rural. There’s basically nothing but one-lane highways and trees for miles, so it is possible that the sound carried that far. However, her pity-me-always attitude makes me feel like this could be an unfounded complaint.

Forgetting this hilarious style of news reporting, this isn’t the first time neighboring citizens have overreacted to a nearby music festival. Of course I feel sorry for anyone that can’t sleep as a result of relentless bass-pounding, but saying that 63 decibels – just above the official recording for an ordinary conversation – is thunderously shaking your windows is pathetic.

Imagine Festival responded to a 11 Alive’s request for comment, saying:

We want to thank those that attended Imagine Music Festival this weekend. We are grateful for the support we have had and appreciate the understanding of our fans, as we adjust to a new, larger venue. With a successful Imagine Music Festival completed, we realize there were certain opportunities and challenges facing us that will need to be immediately addressed and remedied.

While many of these issues are no different than those that face any outdoor festival, Imagine Music Festival holds itself to a higher standard and we are taking steps to ensure that these are not a part of the festival in 2017. Top of these is the fan concerns voiced through the festival website and social media pages. While certain claims have already been identified as not holding any validity, we take this very seriously and will be looking into to every claim individually.


via 11 Alive