SLC Concert Series Upgrades

Salt Lake City officials will add more security personnel and improve service for the city’s free Twilight Concert Series in Pioneer Park to improve the experience for concertgoers.

Police reportedly estimated 40,000 people – 10,000 more than expected – showed up for a July 8 Modest Mouse concert in the park where 50 to 60 security personnel were on duty. There were no big problems but officials decided more security and better organization are needed at future shows.

Officials are tackling how to get concertgoers into the park faster and how to keep food and beverage lines from impeding pedestrian traffic.

The Twilight series was moved to Pioneer Park this year after its home at the Gallivan Center, where attendance was about 16,000 per concert, began a major renovation project.

“It’s our first show in a new venue, with three times the numbers,” Casey Jarman, concert series director, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s something you have to go with and say this is a positive, great thing with an incredible turnout.”

Girl Talk, The New Pornographers, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Big Boi and Matisyahu are some of the acts scheduled to perform through late August.