Security, Access Changes For EarthFest 2013

Thousands attended last year's EarthFest on the Esplanade in Boston.

There will be several changes to this year’s Radio 92.9 EarthFest at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade this Saturday, including access and security.

According to an e-mail Monday from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, there will be no backpacks, coolers, open containers, blankets or large bags allowed into the festival this year.

All bags will be subject to a discretionary search and small bags as well as necessary items like strollers will be allowed in following searches, according to DCR.

In addition, DCR there will be no access to the Fielder Footbridge at the corner of Arlington and Beacon Street. Attendees will be able to access the event from the Charles Street Footbridge and the Dartmouth Street Footbridge.

Gates to the festival will open at 10 a.m.

“Massachusetts State Police has teamed with DCR to ensure a safe EarthFest,” said Massachusetts State Police Supt. Col. Timothy P. Alben in the e-mail.  “No specific threats have been made regarding this event, but safety is our highest priority, and we will continue to work with DCR to provide attendees with a fun and secure experience.”

According to DCR, the Radio 92.9 EarthFest is “the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.”

The lineup for this year’s show includes Vertical HorizonCrackerGentlemen HallFastballCamper Van Beethoven and local group Todd Biggins Band. The music is expected to begin on the main stage at 11:15 a.m.

More information on this year’s Radio 92.9 EarthFest is available on their website.

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