Wavefront under fire after numerous noise complaints threaten festival’s future
After last year’s Wavefront left local residents “livid,” officials on Chicago’s North Side have told festival organizers they need to fix their noise and traffic problems or find another location for the lakefront festival. Dan Luna, chief of staff to city Alderman Harry Osterman, spoke Thursday; “We’re waiting for the organizers to come back to our office with what their plans are to address the concerns of both communities in the 46th and 48th wards.”
In 2012, Wavefront was a two-day, two-stage event but 2013 saw the festival expand to three days and six stages leaving the surrounding communities inundated by traffic and relentless bass. In response to local concerns, event organizers have pledged to reduce the number of stages and reconfigure the speakers to better manage the event’s noise pollution adding that the festival could be downsized “by about half.” Plans for managing the additional traffic are also being developed.
Dino Gardiakos of 4 Headed Productions told DNAInfo; “We definitely want to make sure that the neighborhood is happy with what we’re doing, we’re planning on having it, but that’s all contingent on a few things.”
The company plans to present a revised festival plan in the next two weeks to city officials but according to sources close to Harry Osterman: “If the alderman is not happy, it’s not going to happen anyway.”