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Louder Than Life not too loud for residents

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Louder Than Life says they're trying to compromise between happy concert goers and happy neighbors. Louder Than Life says they're trying to compromise between happy concert goers and happy neighbors.
A fan crowd surfs during Louisville's LOUDER THAN LIFE. (Source: Glenn Hirsch) A fan crowd surfs during Louisville's LOUDER THAN LIFE. (Source: Glenn Hirsch)
A self-imposed 105 decibel sound limit was set for the festival this year. (Source: Glenn Hirsch) A self-imposed 105 decibel sound limit was set for the festival this year. (Source: Glenn Hirsch)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For the third time, Louisville has welcomed thousands of metal fans to the city. 

The Louder Than Life festival brings in dozens of bands that people rock out to. Despite it being a metal-and-rock festival, though, the organizers say they are finding a happy balance between being mindful of the neighbors as well as providing good entertainment.

Stephanie Cox doesn’t listen to metal music, but this year she says she’s a fan of Louder than Life. 

“I think it’s wonderful, I love music—all types of music—if it’s good for the city, it’s good for everybody else,” she said. “I’m glad they made the improvements to make it a little bit more comfortable for the people who were bothered by it in the neighborhood.” 

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It hasn’t always been that way. When Cox moved into her house right behind Champions Park three years ago the festival was also in its first year, with many kinks to work out.

“In previous years, I have heard every lyric that was sung,” Cox recalled.

Noise levels, on top of people not respecting resident parking spaces, were several problems the neighborhood faced.

“They were just parking everywhere, people had a hard time getting out of their driveways,” Cox said.

They’ve improved since then, Cox says, tremendously. The festival now provides "No Parking" signs all around the neighborhood and her young daughter had no trouble falling asleep Saturday night.

“She slept well last night (and) she woke up late this morning. I don’t know if they changed the times? I don’t go for the concerts, but it’s much better,” Cox said.

The festival organizers say they never stop trying to improve.

“We’re always trying to improve," said Gary Spivack, the executive Vice President of Danny Wimmer Presents, the group that is in charge of the festival. "We’re very delicate about it. We look to improve each festival. We do especially (for) Louder than Life.

“We’ve implemented, this year, a self-imposed sound maximum of 105 decibels." 

At 105 decibels, concert-goers can still rock out—as it's plenty loud for a party. At the same time, neighbors from further away don’t hear much at all.

“We’ve had two complaints this year, but at the same time it doesn’t mean we’re going to rest. It’s something we care about a lot,” Spivack said.

He adds, the group will continue to try to find a happy medium between pleasing the fans, as well as those who live around the park.

Spivack says the group plans to return to Louisville again next year. On Monday the group will review the weekend for any more improvements that can be made for Louder than Life 2017.

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