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Fans flock to Bunbury Music Festival

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- The third annual Bunbury Music Festival is in full swing Friday.

The third year of the festival features 80 bands on six stages, including Fall Out Boy, Paramore, The Flaming Lips and many more at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.

During the second year of the festival, organizers saw attendance increase by 50 percent. Thousands are already on the river front Friday afternoon.
 
"I'm happy for Cincinnati. I'm an Ohio boy so anytime I can hop on for an Ohio city, it's cool in my book you know." For Nick Battaglia, the drive from Mentor, Ohio isn't too far.

Battaglia says he's a festival veteran and finally glad to make it to Bunbury. "I think this appeals to a market that is just so vast and extreme it will be a success no matter what you do."
 
For locals like Jason Tedtman and his friends, it's hearing new music that's exciting. "I'm kind of just always looking for the up and coming band. We came a few years ago when Imagine Dragons was here. I think there was like 40 people there. It was great to see them just starting out and then they blew up to be a huge band. Kind of cool to know them when they had a EP with five songs and now they're a national band on commercials, pretty cool."

In between the stages,  there's no shortage of food, hula hooping and yes, even a phone charging station for festival goers.

Ryan hart says this festival is putting Cincinnati on the musical map.   "I'm happy to see something like it in Cincinnati. It puts us on the map with other cities like Austin and Los Angeles frankly."
 
For some the atmosphere is great to kick back, listen to music, but also do a little people watching. "That's why you need the sunglasses, so they don't see you watching."

Cincinnati police are also making a presence to keep the festival and its attendees safe.

Link to Bunbury Music Festival webpage

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