Counterpoint Music Festival located in Kingston Downs, Georgia, will be back in 2015; but it is not going to be the same festival that everyone is used to. Local blog, Northwest Georgia News, broke he news about the sudden changes just a few days ago. With the initial lineup coming and tickets being released soon, there is more talk on the changes the festival is making rather than the announcements for 2015. Social media has been buzzing over the last few days about these new tweaks; some being positive and a few on the negative side.
Kevin Earle, marketing director for the event, said the music will stop late Sunday night. That was the night that the most 911 calls were made with complaints about the festival’s noise.
“We want to become a part of this community for years to come and making sure that we cause as little inconvenience to the neighbors is a top priority of ours,” Earle said in an email. “With this said, adjustments to the direction of the stages and sound levels will be made, but most notable will be the lack of late-night music on Sunday night.”
That being said, TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, also received many noise complaints. According to the organizers, only the famed Qdance stage was at the cause of all the noise comlaints, so they decided to eliminate the stage from the festival except for one day, Friday. Counterpoint organizers plan to do the same as TomorrowWorld, and help to alleviate any issue with the surrounding community.
The music’s volume will not be the only change that organizers will be making for 2015. These other changes include the elimination of car camping, and changing the entrance and exit routes. Tent camping will only be in the infield of the festival. By the festival taking cars away from the campsites, it makes for a more intimate festival experience for the attendees.
Marketing Director, Kevin Earle said, “This combined with a new entrance/exit road to the campgrounds will provide a much smoother and faster process coming and going as well as a more fan-centric experience once in the campgrounds and throughout the festival.”
So attendees for 2015 can expect lower parking prices and more of an intimate feel with the elimination of car camping.
“This combined with a new entrance/exit road to the campgrounds will provide a much smoother and faster process coming and going as well as a more fan-centric experience once in the campgrounds and throughout the festival,” he added. Improvements on entrance and exit was much needed. If you were at the festival last year, for people who tried to leave a day early, it took up to three hours for people to get out of the festival grounds. New and improved entry and exit points will help tremendously for 2015.
The festival wants to create a good standing relationship with the surrounding community. They will do whatever it takes to ensure that they will be back for years to come. If that meas taking away a few of the luxuries that the attendees had in the years prior, then so be it. I honestly think that taking the car camping away is not that big of a deal. The only good thing about having your car at your campsite was being able to lock valuables in your car. Eliminating the car from the equation can also help improve in space for more campers. Think about some people having large that would take up more space than needed for camping. At least one tent and camping space could easily fit where these cars were parked. Getting rid of car camping was a great move by the festival, regardless of it being a convenience factor for the people attending. At the end of the day, the festival will only try to make the experience better and better each year; even if it means making some changes that people won’t agree with.