Patriots Point bans electronic concerts following noise complaints

Patriots Point bans electronic concerts following noise complaints
Harbor City Fest at Patriots Point. (Source: Jason Ellis)
Harbor City Fest at Patriots Point. (Source: Jason Ellis)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Patriots Point has announced Friday they will no longer host electronic music concerts after receiving a number of noise complaints during Thursday night's Harbor City Fest.

Thirty one hundred people attended the concert which showcased laser lights and techno music that echoed through surrounding neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant.

Robert Phelan a community member said, "It just sounded like a thundering beat. I thought it was a big car outside on my front lawn or something."

While Phelan didn't file a complaint himself, many others did and Mac Burdette Executive Director of Patriots Point decided to ban all concerts with what he called "manufactured" music.

"The heavy bass that they rely upon to entertain their audience cannot be contained. We're in such close proximity to the public and when you start getting complaints from 3 miles away, it's too loud," said Burdette.

The 2013 Harbor City Fest took place at the Patriots Point Grove and was headlined by Swedish House Producer, Alesso. The concert began in the early evening and was scheduled to wrap up by 11 p.m. Not everyone in the surrounding neighborhood was bothered by the thumping bass.

Virginia McCaskill a community member said, "We didn't need to open the door, you could actually hear it, but people have their parties so we weren't really disturbed by it."

Some community members said the music is part of what they deal with and if there's going to be entertainment; they said, there should be something for everyone

"Well you got to be fair now because not only is it DJing. We have young voters so they should have equal opportunity because we have a lot of other function drives out there," McCaskill said, "If you're going to complain about the younger and they have a right to their music, then we have to go down to Shem Creek because we hear that too."

Burdette said his decision stands.

"If we make money out of this, that's great but the money we make is not worth risking the good will of the community," said Burdette.

According to Burdette music events that aren't as loud will still be held at Patriots Point Grove.

We haven't heard back from the event organizers of Harbor City Fest and it is unknown if they will return to the Charleston area in a different location.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved.