LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texas residents are raising concerns about a music festival set for this Saturday in Lindale.
Koe Wetzel's Incredible Music Festival is expected to bring thousands of people to Lindale's Darden Harvest Park, and some of those who live nearby are concerned about the size of the crowd and the noise from the concert.
Carleen Dark is with the Townsquare Media, the event organizer and promoter. She says the park's capacity is 10,000 people and the city created the park with events like this in mind.
"We're expecting about 5,000 people. Maybe a few more, give or take," Dark said.
Several residents in a nearby neighborhood tell KLTV that they believe the area isn’t prepared to handle that many people.
"We do not have the infrastructure for the many people coming into this town," resident Wayne Damon said.
Damon says he and other residents were given paper permits that they will have to show to get in and out of their neighborhood.
"We're not going to be driven out of our homes," resident Bob Kemp said.
Kemp says in the past events held even further up the road at "The Cannery" have produced noise that could be heard in nearby homes.
“We can hear the music and the voices that are being amplified in our homes,” Kemp said. “Hundreds, sometimes thousands of feet away.”
Despite the concerns expressed by residents, event organizers says they’ve taken steps to mitigate the issue.
“We are positioning the stage in such a way that all the sound will be pointed away from the homes that are there,” Dark said. “And he has the ability to basically stop the music at the tree line.”
When it comes to preparing for the crowd, Dark says once the lot at the park is full, festival-goers can park at the high school and ride a shuttle to the park. Dark says there will also be both uniformed police and private security.
"We do really take into consideration how we can make this as good a thing as possible for the community and mitigate the inconvenience " Dark said. “We know we can’t please everyone. We would love to. But we do our best."
Kemp says it’s the location, not the event he’s opposed to.
“We are not opposed to these events being held in Lindale,” Kemp said. “What we are opposed to is them being held here, at this location, surrounded by a residential community when they could relocate some place else.”
The first performer is set to take the stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Dark says there will be a hard stop at 11 p.m. as the city requires. Residents say they’ve taken their concerns to the city council, but feel their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.