GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The first ever Gulfport Music Festival is set kick off Friday in the city's historic downtown. But before big name acts like Montgomery Gentry, Train and Flo Rida can take the stage, a lot of work has to be done.
For workers, Thursday was a second straight day of setting up for concerts for Friday and Saturday. The crew members said they're confident all the hard work will pay off.
After running miles of cable and unloading tons of equipment, crews could see the Gulfport Music Festival start to take shape.
"We have 120k of lighting here. I think they're putting in 16 moving lights, spotlights, tower. PA system," said Maxie Williams, the festival's production manager.
Set up was a big job, and second only to the planning, which began six months ago.
"To start preparing and figuring out exactly where we're going to put the stage," said Williams. "Where all the food vendors were going. Putting in the dressing rooms and catering. The city was really concerned with this being a first time. Depending on what the crowd did, if we were prepared and set up for 10,000 or 15,000 people. That we were set up correct that the crowd can flow correctly."
With thousands of people looking to sing along with their favorite performers, quality audio is a priority.
Chuck Johnson is with Sound Associates out of Mobile.
"Load and clear," Johnson said. "Hopefully we'll have close to 10,000 people, or several thousand anyway. So just loud and clear all over downtown Gulfport. That's what we're aiming for. That's what we'll have."
The staff says people can count on a good time.
"Great country acts. Great rock acts, R&B, Pop, Rap. In two days, they covered everything," said Johnson.
Williams said, "A lot of good music. A lot of good entertainers coming in. Friday night is going to be really good and Saturday night is going to blow them out of the water. "