Beale Street Music Festival preparations underway

Crews start Memphis in May set up

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Beale Street Music Festival workers are preparing Tom Lee Park for 30,000 people.

That’s how many are expected to pack the simultaneous concerts next weekend.

Four friends came out to enjoy a warm day in Tom Lee Park.

“It was just a nice afternoon and we wanted to spend some time together,” said Haley Bearden, downtown resident.

All around them, work was buzzing. Crews were setting the stages and music equipment in place for next week's much anticipated Beale Street Music Festival.

“I’ve been kind of walking and running down here and we’ve seen them starting to set up some of the porta potties and the stages,” said Kelsey Hunt, resident.

“We’re setting up all the stages, all the tents for concessions, our blues tent ‚all of our sponsor spots and all of our vendor spots are going in. So there’s a lot involved and we started all this work last Sunday,” said Robert Griffin, Memphis in May.

After already one week of work, the main stage and center stage are standing. The front stage was being put in place Saturday.

"And now we've got another week to help put on the finishing touches and get everything ready for the crowds because this is a world class event. In fact, Beale Street Music Festival this year has ticket holders coming from 25 different countries and all 50 states," said Griffin.

Robert Griffin with Memphis in May says ticket sales are strong again this year.

Sunday tickets are the closest to selling out and there’s a potential all three days could run out of tickets.

“So if you haven’t gotten your tickets, please do so. There are a few left,” said Griffin.

These friends are planning to go for all three days and are looking forward to their first time at Music Fest, after moving to the Bluff City this year.

"Oh my gosh! We are so excited. We were just talking about all the different artists and how we're going to get to see all of them," said Bearden.

“We’ve heard that it’s one of the best weekends to be in Memphis and it’s a fun time to be downtown,” said Hunt.

Memphis in May officials warn people about fake tickets that hit the market every year.

To purchase real tickets, click here.

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