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Louder Than Life Festival delivers crowds, noise complaints

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In its first year, the Louder Than Life music festival made Louisville a destination for heavy metal and rock 'n' roll fans, but the festival didn't make fans out of all neighbors.

Those living as far away as Utica, Indiana complained about noise levels throughout the weekend. While those in Louisville said the traffic was unbearable.

"It was just loud and obnoxious," said Shane Russell of Jeffersonville, Indiana. "It was rattling the walls on my house, I couldn't hear my tv. It was driving me crazy."

Russell lives less than a half mile from the Ohio River and says it was so loud, he thought one of his neighbors was having a party.

"I would just like a little heads up so we can plan to not be here, or go do something else," said Russell.

Beverly Shingleton lives a little further away from the water, but had a similar experience Sunday night.

"It was like it was right across the street," she said. "You could actually hear the MC talking and announcing the band, the cheering, the clapping and him hollering over the mic and everything else."

Jeffersonville Police say by nine p.m. Sunday they had received 70 complaints.

While back in Louisville, traffic was the issue throughout the weekend as many reported Zorn Avenue backing up onto the freeway.

On Facebook, one concert goer gave the festival good reviews but complained about traffic control saying: "My only complaint was that they needed to plan traffic a little better, there was no one directing it."

Marty Storch with Metro Parks says there were 30 off-duty police officers assigned to traffic control. He also says LMPD reviewed and approved the traffic plan long before the festival began.

Storch said when they received "a few" complaints, organizers with the Louder than Life Festival were alerted immediately. Storch says they adjusted as they could, and promised to work on improvements for next year.

"Next year, they said, they'll see what they can do with re-directing the stages, and make sure we have decibel levels out there," he said. "He doesn't want to upset people, he wants this to be a good thing for this community."

Danny Hayes, the CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, the concert's promoter, says "we are already having conversations with the city to make adjustments for next year. We want this to be a long term community event in Louisville."

While Shingleton says next year all she asks for is an invite.

"Bring it down here so I can see who you are," she said. "I like to rock 'n' roll too."

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