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Preps already underway for next year's Bunbury

(Source: Kara Foxx, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Kara Foxx, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Preparations are already underway for next year's Bunbury Festival after the weekend event that packed Cincinnati's riverfront wrapped up Sunday.

Organizers are starting to book bands and going through maps and stage layouts to make sure the 2016 show is better than this year.

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Early bird tickets could go on sale as soon as September. Single day tickets likely won't be available until next year's lineup is released.

Over the weekend, music fans came in droves to Sawyer Point and Yeatman's  Cove to take in headliners The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg. Hometown group Walk the Moon and dozens more acts also performed.

“It's been pretty great,” said Collin Talbert, a festival-goer from Northern Kentucky.
 
“Bunbury's amazing.  Nowhere else to be!” exclaimed Andrew Giesman of Norwood.

In its fourth year, this year's festival experienced a first-time milestone on Friday.

"Bunbury has never had a sold out day.  I know it was kind of bittersweet because of some of the issues but, for Cincinnati, having 20,000 people a day for this festival specifically, was really big,” said Marissa Luther with PromoWest Productions and Bunbury Music Festival.
 
The size of the crowd could be to blame for some hiccups at the festival on Friday.  Guests reported long lines at the entrance, bathrooms and concession stands.  

Lengthy lines also were reported to enter the festival and to get water, as well as non-working ATMs because of their connections to Wi-Fi internet.  Festival officials say fixes and changes were made in time for Saturday's day of music.

Luther said crowds topped 17,000 on Saturday, and she expected the same or better on Sunday.  Those big crowds, paired with three days of Reds baseball are tough not to notice if you were downtown at any point throughout the weekend.

"It's been our best weekend so far in the summer,” said Nick Ramsey, general manager at the Holy Grail.

It may be the best weekend at The Banks so far this summer, but an even bigger weekend is just five weeks away as Cincinnati plays host to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

"I think Opening Day was a little more practice for All-Star Weekend, but we're ready for it.  It's coming up and we've been preparing for it for a year and a half,” Ramsey said.

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