Thousands attending this year’s Mempho Music Festival

Thousands of people are enjoying the Mempho Music Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden this weekend.

Last year, the festival was canceled because of COVID-19.

This year, People were required to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the past 48 hours.

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The festival organizers said this is part of the new normal.

About 9,000 to 10,000 people attended this year.

“For us, it’s a step forward to keep live music around other than canceling it altogether,” said Marketing Manager Chris Duncan.

Organizers and fans were thrilled, especially since the event was canceled last year.

“It feels amazing,” said Jen Thomas. “This is what we do to feed our souls, so we are super happy to be back seeing music.”

“Definitely feeling back to normal, the new normal which I think is a-ok. Having a card or negative test, there is nothing unreasonable with that,” said Thames Kennedy.

While people are enjoying the festival outside, Dr. Steve Threlkeld is treating COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

He supports events that have safety measures like proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Overall, he said the COVID-19 numbers are going down, and he hopes to see more relaxed restrictions in the future.

It’s something festival fanatics are hoping for as well.

“It’s great commerce for the city. They have some great artists, and hopefully, we will have a great weekend,” said Kennedy.

Mempho Music Fest also recommends wearing masks in certain areas.

The festival runs through Sunday, October 3. CLICK HERE to see the schedule.