Rain expected to accompany BSMF Day 1 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rain expected to accompany BSMF Day 1

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Rain and storms can't hinder the dedicated music fans headed to Tom Lee Park for Beale Street Music Festival Friday night.

Friday around 10:30 a.m. rain started falling in Memphis. WMC Action News 5 meteorologists expect the rain to last for several hours. These storms are expected to contain heavy rain and lightning. The good news is there is a low chance for severe weather.

Click here to track the storms yourself.

BSMF gates open at 5 p.m. and fans can take their spots in front of one of four stages. Friday night's headliners include Train, Grace Potter, Mavis Staples, Neil Young, Weezer, and several other artists that are sure to put on an amazing show.

However, it would be a shame to get to the park only to realize your ticket was a sham. Festival organizers warned against fake duplicate tickets--a risk that often comes with paper print-at-home tickets. Officials suggest not buying tickets from street vendors and only purchasing passes from TicketFly or the official Memphis in May ticket booth on Riverside Drive and Beale Street.

But once you have your real ticket in hand, there comes another obstacle that's all too familiar for veteran festival attendees: parking and traffic. 

Though Downtown Memphis has some of the lowest parking rates in the country and 40,000 available public parking spaces, almost 100,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival.

Click here for an interactive parking map.

UBER will be available and is partnering with the festival, however, surge pricing may occur.

MATA is also offering extended service during the festival.

If you're driving around downtown, remember that Riverside Drive will be closed near Tom Lee Park between April 29 and May 30. Expect heavy traffic on downtown streets and pack a little patience.

Click here for our guide to Beale Street Music Festival

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