Imagine Music Fest Complaints

A music festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway over three days was reportedly heard several miles away in a nearby county. 


The Imagine Music Festival took place Aug. 26-28 and residents in Fayetteville, Ga., complained throughout the event and said they could hear music up until 3:00 a.m. each day, according to WXIA-TV. But the complaints about the event weren’t just about noise. Attendees took to social media to complain about conditions at the festival.

Many complained about limited access to water, lax security outside of the showers and a general feel of disorganization. WXIA contacted the festival’s organizers, Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand of Iris Presents, who offered a statement, calling the music festival a success. “We want to thank those that attended Imagine Music Festival this weekend. We are grateful for the support we have had and appreciate the understanding of our fans, as we adjust to a new, larger venue. With a successful Imagine Music Festival completed, we realize there were certain opportunities and challenges facing us that will need to be immediately addressed and remedied.

“While many of these issues are no different than those that face any outdoor festival, Imagine Music Festival holds itself to a higher standard and we are taking steps to ensure that these are not a part of the festival in 2017. Top of these is the fan concerns voiced through the festival website and social media pages. While certain claims have already been identified as not holding any validity, we take this very seriously and will be looking into to every claim individually.”

A representative said an estimated 20,000 people attended each day of the festival, which was accounted for in the planning. For security, the spokesperson said there were 260 security team members and 70 Henry County Sheriff’s officers, or 330 people total, as well as mounted patrol inside the campgrounds.

Also, there were 32 EMS officials and four onsite ambulance and fire patrols. As to the free water situation, the spokesperson said there were eight water stations with 16 taps each throughout the entire festival grounds, three misting stations, 10 shading structures and a 25-yard cooling pool, WXIA reported.