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Postponing of Gulfport Music Festival has citizens buzzing

Thousands attend Gulfport Music Fest every year (Image Source: WLOX News) Thousands attend Gulfport Music Fest every year (Image Source: WLOX News)
Big names like Vanilla Ice have graced the stage at Gulfport Music Festival (Image Source: WLOX News) Big names like Vanilla Ice have graced the stage at Gulfport Music Festival (Image Source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

May 2015 would mark the fifth annual Gulfport Music Festival, but the media company responsible for booking acts has postponed the May concert. The changes have citizens buzzing.

“I would be kind of upset, because Gulfport hardly ever has anything until like a holiday or something or they have something special going on,” said Dena Jones.

The second day of last year's concert was a wash out after heavy rains, and that's not the first time rain has made a muddy mess at Jones Park. One former concert goer says the weather never hinders her.

“If I'm paying for it, I'm coming. Then, they had like an overhead kind of thing, so it was fine. It wasn't that bad,” said Robin Davis.

The economic impact of the concert has always been a huge incentive for downtown businesses and hotels, especially since the festival draws thousands of out of town fans.

“People come from Louisiana and Alabama and other areas, and families visit. If they need sponsorship, then local businesses get out there, show your sponsorship, support it and keep it here in Gulfport,” said Eric Alvarez.

While the company responsible for booking acts to perform hasn't given a specific reason as to why it's postponing the show, some music fans hope the company recognizes how big of an impact the festival has on the Coast.

“People usually come, and they congregate when there's this type of event, and music is a unifying type of medium where everybody can come together. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, Hispanic, oriental or anything like that, music is a universal language. It just brings everybody in the whole community together, so it would be great to have it stay here in this local area,” said Alvarez.

As we've previously reported, the company responsible for booking acts to perform at the festival will know in about a week if the annual music showcase will be held later in the year or brought back next year.

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