Outside Lands' Noise Leaves Some Neighbors Feeling Like They Have Front Row Seat

Some neighbors who live near the Outside Lands concert in Golden Gate Park are complaining about the noise.
It's day two of the outside lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. One of the largest concert events in the state, but there are lots of complaints from neighbors about the noise

Singer Valerie June took to the stage Saturday at Outside Lands and ticketholder Jamie Kerester could hear her from Fulton Street.

"I think it's cool you can hear the music driving in. It's not so bad but I don't live in the neighborhood, " said Kerester.

Jen Ennis lives in the neighborhood and she says it can get pretty loud at her Richmond District home.

"You could hear the music and crowds until midnight or 2 a.m., whenever they decide to leave," said Ennis.

Ennis says if the sound doesn't get you, the lack of parking will.

Noise complaints are coming in from neighborhoods nowhere close to Golden Gate Park.

San Francisco resident George Bach can hear the bass and guitar from Edge Hill Mountain four miles away and he doesn't like it one bit.

"Personally, I turn my hearing aid off. It bounces off their bank books. They need to control the sound," said Bach.

Still others who don't have a ticket are taking it in stride.

"It is loud but you put up with it, because it's music. You know, it could be something else, and the music generally is nice," said Andreas Uttendorfer of San Francisco.

Outside Lands says it's working on it. Organizers have set up a noise complaint hotline for neighbors and claim every complaint is investigated with mobile sound monitoring equipment, then relayed back to concert sound technicians who can adjust volume.

The hotline number is 415-390-2737 and is available from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. during the festival.

The Outside Lands concert series follows the Beyonc and Jay-Z tour at AT&T Park earlier this week. Many residents throughout the city complained it was too loud,so the volume was lowered the second night of the tour.
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