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Mempho Music Festival begins; COVID-19 protocols in place

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 9:58 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Mempho Music Fest hit the stage at the Memphis Botanic Garden tonight to kick off its three-day event today.

Gates opened at 3 p.m. for its first night and will conclude with a headlining performance from Widespread Panic this evening at 8:30 p.m.

The three-day festival did not take place last year due to the pandemic, but this year it’s back and in a different location. It’s taking pace at the Memphis Botanic Garden instead of the previous venue of Shelby farms.

With COVID-19 still prevalent festival organizers announced proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 negative test within the last 48 hours is required in order to attend.

“It’s really becoming the industry standard right now so we felt comfortable when we made the announcement and we’ve seen other festivals do it as well. We’ve also seen other music venues and other companies and industries in the city doing something similar,” Memhpo Music Festival marketing manager Chris Duncan said.

Doctors Shannon and Lloyd Finks of ZupMed in East Memphis will be handling the COVID compliance for the festival.

The Finks say they began doing rapid tests for concert goers on Thursday to hopefully help with crowd flow.

These festival-goers say they are both fully vaccinated and happy to know so many others here are too.

“We’re going to try to stay socially distant from everyone, but we are relieved they are requiring vaccination or doing rapid testing beforehand,” they said.

The music festival announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was named as the benefitting charity partner of Mempho Music Fest in September, with all proceeds from an auction being donated.

You can see the full schedule of the Mempho Music Fest here.

You can also see a list of frequently asked questions here.

For more information and updates, check Mempho Music Fest’s Facebook page or visit their website.

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