It’s a much different story the day after the Ever After Music Festival this year compared to last year.
Last year, the City of Kitchener received 130 complaints on Sunday night alone; this year, only one call on Friday night, no calls on Saturday and a few on Sunday.
Most of the complaints issued on Sunday night were due to the music running an hour past 9 o’clock, the new time restriction set up by city council. Kitchener City Councillor Scott Davey says staff are looking at whether or not to fine the festival for going later than allowed.
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Despite the 10 P.M. shut down, Davey says the weekend was a huge success thanks to new technology used by festival organizers aimed at keeping noise levels to the assigned 55 decibels.
“We can actually strike that balance and have these cool music events for people who want to attend them and also not drive our local residents nuts, so I’m pretty happy with how the weekend went.”
Gloria MacNeil, Director of Bylaw Enforcement with the City of Kitchener tells 570 News that they had great communication with the festival all weekend.
“We did have an officer dedicated to the festival all weekend and that officer was proactively out into all the areas where we have had problems in past years, so if we were noting that the bass might be sounding a bit louder, we were able to connect with them and they were able to make those adjustments immediately, which worked out really well.”
Tens of thousands of electronic dance music fans poured into Bingemans this weekend for the festival.