Officials pull plug on future rave concerts at Patriots Point after complaints

  • Friday, April 12, 2013

Patriots Point officials have stated that the attraction will no longer be a venue for concerts like the one held Thursday night. The 2013 Harbor City Fest took place in the Patriots Point Grove, Thursday night, and was hosted by Prime Social Group and Brightsound Entertainment. The festival was headlined by the Swedish House Producer, Alesso and included other performing acts.

During the concert, Patriots Point received a number of complaints from area residents regarding the volume of the music.

Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said in a statement: “Last night there was a concert rental event at Patriots Point, and we received numerous complaints about the noise level of the music. While we are always willing to consider new and unique events as a museum and tourist attraction, we are always committed to doing the right thing. 

Concerts like the one held last night are lucrative for us. However, the revenue generated is not worth our risking the friendship and support we have worked so hard to earn from our neighbors. 

Therefore, Patriots Point will not allow this type of 'manufactured' music concert in the future. That is a promise. We sincerely regret the disturbance created by the concert and hope that all concerned will accept my apology.”

Mount Pleasant town administrator Eric DeMoura stated that town officials also received numerous complaints from residents about the rave concert held Thursday night at Patriots Point. Aside from the loud noise, there were several overdoses and at least five arrests, according to Demoura.

Patriots Point is State of South Carolina property. As such, the Town of Mount Pleasant does not permit its events, according to DeMoura. So no permit was given by the town for this event. However, the town does coordinate to make sure public safety officers and emergency personnel are present.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie provided updated information to the mayor and members of town council related to arrest and medical issues with the concert.

Medical personnel transported seven individuals to the hospital. There were five others recommended for transportation to the hospital but they refused, according to Ritchie.

Thirty additional individuals received medical attention onsite.

He added that 22 arrests were made, and seven courtesy summons were issued.

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