The Gulfport Music Festival kicks off Friday. This week, Jones Park has been transformed into a music lover's paradise. The final touches are being put in place for the Gulfport Music Festival. For Elizabeth Swann, her weekend is planned. Swann says, “Turns out this a huge deal. Who knew that this was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast?”
Swann moved to the Coast this week from Nashville, Tennessee, and she says the timing was perfect. Swann also says, “As soon as we found out, we got two V.I.P. tickets. How can you not get two V.I.P. tickets when you hear about who will be down here?” Chris Vignes of Gulport says, “We're really excited about this year’s music festvial, going to be the biggest and largest yet. Promoters and city workers have been working all week to make this one you won’t forget.” Everything from the soundstage to carnival rides, even food vendors are already in place in preparation for the weekend festival, but this year is a little unique due to an effort aimed at keeping partiers safe.
Emily Holmes of Coast Designated Drivers says, “We've teamed up with Coors Lite and F.E.B. Distributing to give out $25 vouchers that go towards a ride with Coast Designated Drivers.” Ryland Bertucci of F.E.B. Distributing says, “We feel it’s our obligation to make sure that everyone has a lot of fun, enjoys themselves, but everybody here enjoys a safe ride home.” Partiers can get vouchers at the festival. They can then get a ride home in their own car, and the Coast Designated Driver will be picked up. Bertucci closes, “Not only do you get a safe ride home, but your car will be sitting right there in the driveway.” With free rides and good music, not even rain should stop this year's bash.