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CounterPoint crowds will start Friday; 15,000 expected per day for music festival

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The stage literally is being set for this weekend’s CounterPoint Music Festival.

Workers have descended on Kingston Downs to build infrastructure needed for the festival, held at the same place as the Atlanta Steeplechase. This year CounterPoint — the annual music and arts festival running Friday through Sunday this year — is expected to draw 15,000 people per day over the three-day weekend.

“Everything seems to be progressing smoothly,” Bartow County Manager Peter Olson said.

U.S. 411 is expected to grow crowded with vehicles Friday as thousands of attendees arrive. The traffic likely won’t reach last year’s levels, as organizers say attendance will be less than CounterPoint 2014 — an expectation based on this year’s performances.

Widespread Panic is this year’s headliner. The Roots, known as the house band on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” also will be performing, along with several other bands and DJs.

Tickets to the event remain available, and can be purchased online at

Outkast was last year’s headliner. Storms led to delays in their performance, and noise complaints soon piled up.

“We had people five miles away that could hear it at 1 o’clock,” said Brandon Johnson, zoning division manager with Bartow County. “I know over in Floyd County a lot of people could hear it.”

Festival organizers and local government officials say they’ve taken steps this year to avoid noise issues.

Workers will change the position of the stages, Sunday’s performance time will end at 11 p.m. and the overall volume will be adjusted.