PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Whisky Music Fest begins Friday with the free Party in Pendleton on Main Street. That will be followed by the concert headlined by Post Malone and featuring other artists including 50 Cent on Saturday at the Round-Up Grounds.
Police Chief Stuart Roberts says officers have studied numerous possibilities they may have to address, but it’s hard to predict how the weekend will go.
“You really don’t know what kind of crowd an entertainer like Post Malone or 50 Cent is going to draw,” he said. “Everything could be fine, and we could roll through the night without anything; or it could just be click, click, click. It really isn’t any different with any kind of entertainer.
Roberts said strategies include crowd control if there are younger fans who can’t afford the price of a ticket, so they gather near the arena to hear the music for free.
While officers always work to prepare for bad things, Roberts is putting faith in the concert’s organizers – Doug Corey and Andy McAnally.
“We have not had major incidents in the past,” he said. “Even with the high alcohol consumption, people tend to behave themselves. I just hope we get more of the same. Andy and Doug are very communicative. They spend a lot of time and energy in making it the best experience they can make it.
The party on Main Street is at 6 p.m. Friday. Kurt Van Meter and Precious Byrd are the performers, with DJ Sovern T also on the bill.
On Saturday, early birds can pre-purchase drink tickets and have their IDs checked starting at 1 p.m. in Roy Raley Park next to the arena. Gates at the Round-Up Grounds open Saturday at 4 p.m. with the music starting at 4:30 p.m. Performers are (in order of appearance) Grieves, Blanco Brown, Tyla Yaweh, and 50 Cent. DJ Sovern T will spin music between sets.
More information about the concert including camping and shuttle information is at https://www.pendletonwhiskymusicfest.com/.