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Allston DIY Fest: Will the free concert keep noise down?

Posted by Glenn Yoder  August 23, 2013 10:50 AM

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Tomorrow, Allston DIY Fest will finally have its day in the park.

After initially being rebuffed for a permit by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, organizers were able to confirm the Aug. 24 date last month for their fourth annual gathering after promising to make an effort to keep the noise level down and to end the event early. Like past years, the free, two-stage music and arts festival will take place in Allston's Ringer Park. For more details, see the Facebook event.

In anticipation of this weekend's show, Allston DIY Fest issued a free 32-song compilation featuring artists like Evan Greer, Ovlov, and Kid Mountain. Check out some of the songs below.

It's been a tough go lately for independently-organized shows in Boston, with crackdowns on house concerts for noise violations and the disappearance of several DIY venues.

After the Parks Department refused to grant a permit for the festival, The Globe ran an editorial endorsing Allston DIY Fest.

"The festival plays an especially important role for Allston bands because the area suffers from a chronic lack of music venues," the May 27 editorial said. "Though the neighborhood is full of students and musicians, bands face a constant challenge finding spots to perform."

An online petition run by fans received more than 900 signatures, with another 500 names collected in print, before a deal was finally struck last month.

Will you go to Allston DIY Fest? Does the city need more events like this? Can neighbors and musicians coexist?

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