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Louder Than Life music festival corrects noise complaints from last year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The music festival Louder Than Life lived up to its name last year, but now it's trying to be more considerate of its neighbors.

More than 50,000 people are expected at the event at Champions Park.

“It's a celebration of rock culture,” event organizer Clay Busch said.

“Louder Than Life ... It's in the name so you know, right?” John Richards said.

In its second year, the festival has grown to include more bands and even added another stage. But with more music, will there be more complaints? Last year it faced criticism for being far too loud.

“We're working really close with the city, with the community," Busch said. "We're really trying to do our best, so we're not a nuisance for them for the one week out of 52 of the year."

He added that new technology is being used to drown out the sound, but the natural landscape of the park has been tricky to work with, especially with four stages. 

“We're trying not to position them where there’s a natural valley that kind of amplifies things a little bit.," Busch said. "We've moved the stage, angled them ... The second stage isn't even facing where the noise complaints are coming from last year."

So far, it seems to be working. Many people who live near the music festival say when they're inside their homes, they can't hear the music, but as soon as they step outside. it's like having a free concert in their back yard.

“Yeah it's cool, I think it's cool we can hear it,” Agustin Ramirez said.

“I'm fine with it. We actually are planning to sit outside and maybe listening to some of it ... It's not really that loud,” Monali Haldankar said.

And now some of the complaints are coming from within the festival.

“It's definitely not as loud as last year, I can tell it already,” Busch said.

Bands like Starset say they've had a great time performing, but wish it could be a little more thunderous.

“It could be a little louder ... It's been awesome ... Didn't expect this many people,” singer Dustin Bates said.

The festival is monitoring the decibel levels and will continue to do so the rest of the weekend.

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