SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Old Town Scottsdale is packed with people for a massive block party on Saturday.
But not everyone is happy with the event.
Neighbors say it’s just the latest push by the clubs and it’s ruining their neighborhood.
Approximately 6,000 people are expected to attend the Sound Wave Block Party. In the past, the event has been held at Big Surf in Tempe.
The party is similar to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival which is a massive DJ party held every year in Southern California.
Roads have been shut down in the area for the event where stages are set up south of Camelback Road between Buckboard and Saddlebag.
The goal was to draw people from all over the country to this event, but neighbors are speaking out saying this is just the latest event city council has passed that’s putting nearby areas in danger.
“You’ve got thousands of people that can’t even get into downtown Scottsdale to park so they’ll be out in the neighborhoods, and then at 2 a.m. in the morning the party continues and they go back into the neighborhoods looking for their cars,” said Bill Crawford. “There’s DUIs, accidents, fights, there’s all kinds of things that happen.”
Crawford runs a group called Preserve Scottsdale’s Quality of Life and he says Scottsdale Police just doesn’t have the resources to handle this type of crowd.
But concert promoters tell ABC15 extra security is out, monitoring the drinking.
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