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Azalea Festival concerts ready to go rain or shine

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There was more progress today as crews set up downtown for this weekend's Azalea Festival concerts.

Organizers say the concerts will go on rain or shine. With the concerts moving outdoors after years at Trask Coliseum, organizers are preparing for the worst.

The staff says they are looking at bringing in around 10,000 people a night. They say this year they are offering a better show with better sound.

The main stage chairman says they have an unbelievable experience for the people of wilmington. He says even if it rains, he does not think it will affect the number of people who come.

"I think if it rains, everybody is going to be here that has bought a ticket, and they're going to have just as good a time if not better," Jonathan Hedge said. "We want it to be sunshine, but if it's not, we're still going to have a great time, and we've got one heck of a show to show everybody."

Hedge says rain will not stop them unless it poses a safety issue or a logistical problem.

The concerts are Thursday through Sunday at the parking lot on Front Street between Hanover and Brunswick streets.

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I think this was a very

I think this was a very stupid idea. Not only will it be hard to hear, I'm sure, but who wants to be at a concert in the rain, if it does rain? Not only that,it's making it hard for students at CFCC, like me, to even go to class. Two days in, and already I've had issues just trying to get to class. Also, we literally have no where to park on Thursday and Friday, since their closing down our parking deck at noon. Where are we supposed to go?

So. Yeah. Extremely stupid idea.

boo-hoo

The world does not revolve around you.

Is Walnut Creek Amphitheater dumb, or the one here at Greenfield Lake?

I hope you're taking an English class to learn the use of "they're" versus "their."

Why aren't they being held

Why aren't they being held at Trask?

Lots of reasons

I am in no way connected to Azalea Festival leadership, but have read and know that the following are some of the reasons that the concerts have been moved.

- Limited capacity
Trask is good for smaller events. Basketball capacity is 6,100 and concert capacity would be less. New venue can hold more people.

- Acoustics
The coliseum does not have the best acoustics for concerts.

- Alcohol sales
Alcohol cannot be sold at Trask events, but can be sold at the new venue.

I'm sure that there are other factors and considerations of which I am not aware. With all of the new parking decks there may be more parking downtown. Also, many folks enjoy the atmosphere of an outdoor concert.

new venue = more revenue

They can sell more tickets to the new downtown venue than at Trask where you can only sell ~70% of seats because of where the stage sets up. Can also sell beer/wine and will have food-trucks on-site which you can't at Trask.

More ticket sales and income from beverage & food should equal lower ticket costs and the ability to bring in bigger names. Hoping that after seeing how much more money the concerts generate this year, they'll have a better idea for what they can offer acts next year.

So they can fill everyone up with beer.

Seriously! UNCW doesn't allow alcohol to be sold. This way they can load 'em up, and the police can run a DWI checkpoint to make money for the City and County.

NO! What we really need...

is a big ole convention center to.... wait!