After noise complaints last weekend, promoters of St. Paul concert promise improvements


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Organizers of the Breakaway Music Festival say the two-night celebration of electronic dance music outside Allianz Field drew some 24,000 patrons last weekend to the first major music event since the soccer stadium’s opening in 2019.

The stadium area’s inaugural rave-style music festival also drew its share of noise complaints from residents as far away as Mendota Heights, including the Trudeau family, who figured the amplified sound “might be cheeky neighbors having a party. We could hear it indoors even with the television on — especially on the first night.”

While some neighbors east and west of the festival grounds barely heard the DJs, residents south of the stadium appeared to have an unsolicited front-row seat because of the way sound travels, which can be highly dependent on we...

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