UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — About 33 people were arrested during the three-day Spring Awakening Music Festival during the fest's first year at Addams/Medill Park, Chicago Police said.
In total, the 33 individuals were arrested between Friday and Sunday for incidents that included: one arrest for battery to a police officer; one arrest for battery to a security guard; and one arrest for narcotics, said Officer Nicole Trainor, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department. The remainder of arrests were for criminal trespassing, she said.
By comparison, 34 people were arrested during Lollapalooza 2015, which was staged over three days at Grant Park in August.
Spring Awakening, which features a heavy dose of electronic dance music, was moved to Addams/Medill Park after it was bounced from two locations earlier this year.
Spring Awakening promoters and Park District officials did not immediately respond to questions Monday. The number of ambulance visits to the park was not immediately available Monday.
Founded as a concert series in 2008, Spring Awakening promoters decided to launch a two-day outdoor music festival at Soldier Field in 2012, where it was hosted through 2015. But a scheduling conflict with the Copa America soccer tournament booted the fest from Soldier Field this year, and Spring Awakening was forced to find a new home.
Festival organizers first announced Spring Awakening 2016 would take place at Jackson Park in Woodlawn. Citing another scheduling conflict, organizers later announced in April that the fest wouldn't take place at the South Side park and would instead move to Addams/Medill Park.
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