June 19, 2018
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Bangor police took 18 noise complaints during Dropkick Murphys festival

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The first noise complaint about the waterfront Shamrock-N-Roll Festival on Saturday came into the police station at about 7:40 p.m. and the last — the 18th one taken — was received at 11:16 p.m.

“It seemed to be louder this time,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Police will forward the noise complaint reports along to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and local concert promoter Alex Gray so they can “adjust as needed for the next concert,” the sergeant said.

The Shamrock-N-Roll Festival took place from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and the headliner was the Dropkick Murphys, a Celtic punk-rock band from the Boston area that took the stage at around 10 p.m.

Complaints about noise at the waterfront concerts have been addressed in the past by Gray and the Bangor City Council. Both have said they understand that the stage’s current location at the end of Railroad Street and facing Main Street is not permanent.

The council discussed options at its June meeting and overwhelmingly favored moving the stage away from Railroad Street, closer to Hollywood Slots, and rotating the stage to face toward the casino, but no vote was taken.

Edwards said noise complaints have been common during the popular summer concert series, which started in the spring of 2010 and has brought some big-name music acts to Bangor’s waterfront stage.

During the Shamrock-N-Roll Festival on Saturday, however, “we did have a couple more than normal,” the sergeant said.

BDN reporter Eric Russell contributed to this story.

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