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Residents raise concerns over Kaaboo Music Festival in Del Mar

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A three-day music festival is set to hit the stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in September, but not everyone is a fan.

Residents worry the Kaaboo Festival will turn into a party like Burning Man or Coachella.

The fair is over, the races will be finished by then, and that's when Del Mar families say they finally get their community back to normal.

Now, the Kaaboo Music Festival is scheduled to take the stage in September with bands such as Foster the People, The Killers, and even Snoop Dog.

Neighbors worry this will bring a rowdy crowd. The festival's promoter is reaching out and listening to their concerns.

North County families worry a music festival taking stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will turn the area into a Coachella or hippie drunk-drug fest.

"It's going to be a mess," said Bud Emerson, a 45-year Del Mar resident.

The promoter of the Kaaboo Experience said the Kaaboo Music Festival is not going to be a typical musical festival.

The music festival is set for September 18th to September 20th, and the average ticket buyer is 38-years-old, paying $199 to $2,500 for a three-day pass.

"We want to create a refined experience for our guests, and have a different offering that most music festivals don't have," said Julie Coleman, the Kaaboo Project Manager.

The Kaaboo Music Experience will feature over 100 bands, and seven stages.

Headliners include: No Doubt, Zac Brown Band, The Killers, Sheryl Crow, along with comedians Joel McHale to Tim Meadows.

"I don't care how much they pay for their tickets. They are going to be drinking too much, and be too loud. The quality of our lives will be disrupted," said Emerson.

In a series of community meetings, on Monday night, the promoter reached out for another sound check on the concerns.

"We have plans in place for noise mitigation, as well as encouraging our patrons to carpool and use public transportation to get to the event," said Coleman.

About 40,000 people are expected to attend the music festival, about the same on Opening Day for the Del Mar Races, and some days during the county fair.

"People coming from the event, drinking between midnight and 5 a.m., sleeping in cars, renting houses nearby and having house parties," said Ed Yuskiewicz, 20-year Del Mar resident.

Whether neighbors like it or not, Kaaboo is going to rock the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Kaaboo promoters have been working with the Sheriff's Department to make sure there is enough security.

Kaaboo will also feature an art fair, pampering, indulgences and food.

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