Miscommunication led to late, loud Grand Prairie concert

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by DEBBIE DENMON

WFAA

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 7:51 PM

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GRAND PRAIRIE - The City of Grand Prairie said it did not sign off on a permit for a rave concert to go until 3 a.m. at Quicktrip Park Sunday morning.

The Meltdown Music Festival drew a lot of complaints, including 100 calls to Grand Prairie police from residents who said they could hear the music up to three miles away.

"There were even more complaints in Irving," said Grand Prairie City Manager Tom Hart, who issued an apology to the City of Irving. "It's the first time it's been an issue, and I think it was the perfect storm."

Hart said Quicktrip officials had multiple stages, which contributed to the problem. Quicktrip Park officials said it was a mistake to allow the promoter to put an extra stage up outside the venue.

"One was facing up towards the Irving area, and that's unusual," Hart said. "The wind also carried the music and that didn't help."

The promoter believed they had special permission for the concert to continue until 3 a.m., but there was no official permit for that. There was a special permit allowing alcohol sales within the stadium until 2 a.m. instead of the typical 12 a.m.

Police were confused over the meaning of the permits, and could have shut the concert down.

"We are going to make sure we have provisions in place, so that the noise ordinance is not violated and that police can shut down a noisy concert," Hart said.

According to the city manager, there was confusion among police officers about what could be done in the entertainment district.

Officials in Grand Prairie said they would meet this week to make sure there would be no similar problems in the future.

E-mail ddenmon@wfaa.com

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