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Electric Daisy Carnival wraps up with fewer noise complaints

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday night is the third and final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

The dance music festival has drawn complaints of excessive noise from neighbors and organizers promised to tone it down.

While it's been a blast for the 30,000 plus electronic dance lovers attending the event but for others the end can't come soon enough.

"It's been very disruptive. You might doze off for a few minutes and then you wake up and you realize the bed is vibrating," New Lenox resident Maureen Kelly said.

Bass noise from the all-night dance party has led to hundreds of complaints over the last couple of days, many from several miles away.

Saturday night, in an effort to appease residents, the concert promoter agreed move their fireworks display from to 10 p.m. and to reduce the noise level by 33-percent. While there were still complaints, others agree things got better.

"I had a nice time watching the fireworks. It was early enough I could enjoy them," Joliet resident Greg Sopko said.

"It wasn't keeping me up, but I could definitely hear the base," New Lenox resident Tyler Morris said.

The festival has signed a four-year agreement with the speedway, so they will likely be back next year.

Joliet City Manager Thomas Thanas says before that can happen, changes will need to be made.

"They'll be some positioning of the stages which will be looked at next year, maybe we can get the sound from speakers in different area," he said.

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