Lawn chairs will now be allowed at the Bob Dylan concert at Bayfront Festival Park on July 9.
Fans of Bob Dylan who are not fans of sitting on the ground have been heard, and an unprecedented change has been made to the Dylan concert tour’s normal requirements. Lawn chairs will now be allowed at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park on Tuesday, July 9, for the show featuring Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio.
When tickets went on sale June 7, buyers were told that only blankets or standing would be allowed throughout the park for this show. Dan Russell, executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which manages Bayfront Park, said some potential ticket buyers indicated they’d prefer a chair for a four hour concert. So the rules, they are a-changin’.
“We worked with the promoter, Jam Productions, and they were agreeable to our solution that we think works for everyone,” said Russell. “All tickets will still be $68, but lawn chairs will now be allowed toward the back of the park. With Bayfront Park designed with a gentle slope away from the stage, everyone will have a great view of the show whether they’re standing up front or sitting on chairs toward the back.”
Only regular, folding lawn chairs or similarly small chairs will be allowed. Larger chairs with footrests and umbrellas will not be allowed, to ensure everyone has a clear view of the stage.
Russell said those who have already purchased tickets do not need to change anything. He said when people enter the park with a blanket or to stand, they will be directed toward the front of the park, and those who enter with a chair will be directed toward the back.
“The DECC is in the business of providing a good time for people,” said Russell. “This compromise will allow everyone to enjoy a historic outdoor concert in Duluth.”
Coolers and outside refreshments will still not be allowed. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine coolers will be for sale in the park.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at the DECC box office and TICKETMASTER locations. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on July 9; the show begins at 5:30 p.m.