Three days of some of the loudest, heaviest music around attracted a mostly well-behaved crowd to the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, but only 14 noise complaints over the course of the weekend.
The first-ever Impact Music Festival, the successor to Waterfront Concerts’ previous metal festival, the Rise Above Fest, was held Friday through Sunday, July 27-29. It featured 27 metal and hard rock bands, including headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
According to Sgt. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department, the BPD received 14 noise complaints over the three days of the festival. That’s up from 2016 when the metal festival — then two days long — received seven complaints over the course of the weekend. In 2015, 86 complaints were received during Rise Above Fest, and in 2014, BPD received 124 complaints. Data on complaints for the 2017 festival was unavailable.
“We get less complaints now, that’s true. I think people are just getting used to the concerts or they are just tolerating it more,” Betters said. “As for the festival, we had a few fights, and one arrest, and an assault outside the venue on Friday. But for the most part, it was well-managed by the concert staff, and people seemed to have a good time.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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