Organizers: More fans, no problems at this year's Bunbury Music Festival

CINCINNATI – Despite bouts of heavy rain this weekend, more fans than ever packed Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove for Bunbury Music Festival, organizers said.

“Crowds came much earlier than ever before,” Bunbury spokesperson Andy Wilson said. “Saturday had one of the biggest crowds we've ever had on a Saturday.”

Festival Founder and Owner Bill Donabedian said 60,000-plus people attended this year’s three-day event in an unofficial tally – slightly better than last year.

Wilson said official numbers will come soon, but things looked good regardless of occasional downpours.

“Of course (rain affected attendance),” Donabedian said. “Even if you sold out ahead of time, rain always keeps people away.”

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The most popular acts this year: Saturday’s headliners Fall Out Boy and Paramore.

Donabedian said this year’s festival also continued the tradition of safety.

“We’ve had no security issues for three years straight,” he said. “Downtown is safe and clean.”

Ticket sales for next year’s Bunbury – which kicks off July 10, 2015 – have already begun.

Wilson said next year’s tickets were being snatched up during this weekend’s festival.

“Without even knowing the lineup, people are buying tickets. That says a lot about the Bunbury brand,” Wilson said. “People are really catching on to buying tickets in advance.”

And if you missed Bunbury, Donabedian said this weekend’s three-day Buckle Up Music Festival – a celebration of country tunes at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove – will be just as fun.

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