(KRON) — The annual Portal Music Festival draws thousands of people every year to Pier 80 in San Francisco. However, there are some who are in opposition to the popular 21 and over event continuing in the future.
Alameda is formally requesting the Portola Music Festival be either discontinued or moved to a different venue farther away, the city announced this week in a Facebook post. The city cites “significant noise complaints” as a reason for the request to the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.
Although the two-day festival itself does not take place in Alameda, officials have received noise complaints from Alameda residents. This year, the event took place on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 — ending at 11 p.m. both days.
The San Francisco Entertainment Commission takes the City of Alameda’s and their residents’ concerns seriously regarding the sound impacts from Portola Music Festival. We hope to hear more about the City of Alameda’s concerns when we meet with city officials next week and discuss how the festival can continue to improve should Goldenvoice choose to bring the festival back next year. We want to be good neighbors with Alameda, and I know that Goldenvoice wants the same thing. Major destination music festivals like Portola are an important part of what makes the SF Bay Area a world-class cultural and entertainment capital. Our region benefits from these major events in terms of economic impact and quality of life – they draw huge numbers of locals and tourists with spending power and create joyful experiences. We will continue to share the City of Alameda’s feedback and public comments with our seven-member commissionSF Entertainment Commission Executive Director Maggie Weiland
Pier 80 is approximately five miles across the San Francisco Bay from residential neighborhoods in Alameda.
Last year, noise complaints were reported from Alameda residents due to the music festival. KRON4 spoke to multiple Alameda residents who could hear noise from all the way across the Bay.
KRON4 reached out to Goldenvoice, for further comment. We are awaiting a response.