Despite the arrests, police say most of the estimated 26,000 fans who came out to hear Imagine Dragons, Iggy Azalea and Afrojack Saturday were well behaved
A total of 29 people were arrested Saturday on the first day of the Budweiser Made In America festival in downtown Los Angeles.
The majority of the arrests were for alcohol-related offenses, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap. Six people were also arrested for drug-related felonies.
A huge contingent of law enforcement officers is policing the event, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrolling the interior and the LAPD manning the exterior of the gathering, police said. As of Sunday afternoon, no problems were reported.
Despite concerns from some city council members and neighborhood associations that the concert’s large crowds, drinking and noise would be disruptive for downtown L.A. residents, police said most of the estimated 26,000 fans who attended Saturday were well behaved.
The two-day festival is being held in Grand Park, outside of Los Angeles City Hall, with performances by Afrojack, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and others.
The bi-coastal concert, which is simultaneously being held in Philadelphia, features dozens of acts.
Kanye West, Juanes, John Mayer, Savenger Hunt, Rita Ora, Weezer, Cypress Hill and Nipsey Hussle were all set to perform on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, Kings of Leon, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, YG and others are performing at Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Sunday.
The Budweiser-sponsored festival kicked off in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend in 2012. This is the first time it has been held in Los Angeles. It’s also the largest event to take place in Grand Park, which the city opened to the public in 2012.
Music mogul Jay Z launched the festival and announced in April that it was coming to L.A.