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Tame Impala concert at KEMBA Live! keeps Columbus up late with noise

Columbus neighbors are sounding off on social media after a concert at KEMBA Live! kept some folks up into the early hours of Friday morning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio β€” Columbus neighbors are sounding off on social media and 10 Investigates is digging deeper after a concert at KEMBA Live! kept some folks up into the early hours of Friday morning.

One person wrote on Twitter, "Why pay to sit in the pouring rain to hear Tame Impala when I can just open my window, this is how frustratingly loud they are."

But just how loud was it? 10TV checked with our decibel reader just after 11 p.m. Thursday. It read 80 decibels at our station on 770 Twin Rivers Drive, which is about 3/4 of a mile from the venue on Neil Avenue in the Arena District of Columbus.

Columbus City code says 70 decibels is the maximum limit between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

According to the Promo West Productions Twitter page, the concert started late because of severe weather. It was originally scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. but gates did not open until 8 p.m.

10TV reached out to PromoWest Productions twice Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Just before 7:15 a.m. Friday, 10TV received a response from PromoWest Productions, stating that Tame Impala took the stage at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. They said everyone in line was able to get into the concert.  

A spokesperson for PromoWest Productions provided the following statement: 

"Due to the lightning and severe weather we were experiencing, we had to hold doors for 3 hours. We were able to open doors at 8:20. The band wanted to be able to play their entire set for the fans that stuck it out in the weather. We typically do everything in our power to end our show in a timely manner but yesterday evening was an unfortunate exception due to elements outside of our control. We worked closely with our local fire and police departments to ensure we were able to put on a show in the safest way possible."    

10TV also reached out to the City of Columbus to learn more about policies related to noise complaints. There are special exemptions to this code and some outdoor gatherings, public dances, shows, entertainment and sporting events could be exempt.

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