X Fest Brings Thousands to Modesto

MODESTO—

The X Fest Music Festival brought thousands to the streets of Modesto on Saturday night.

More than 100 bands and artists are performing the festival, which is now in its 15th year.

While businesses in the area are seeing a boost, event organizers aren’t taken any chances, bringing in extra police and security to keep things safe.

Whether it’s rap, electronic dance music, or death metal, fans and artists alike say X Fest is the place to hear it all.

“You never expect a concert of this size to go down in Modesto, but then when they start showing up it’s crazy,” said Zyme, a rapper performing at the event. “I’ll get someone on my social media being like ‘hey, I was there last year and I got to check you out’ and ‘you were awesome,’ and ‘I can’t wait to see you this year.'”

With approximately 20,000 fans attending, security has been heavy. The promoter is paying overtime for more than 50 off duty Modesto police officers to patrol the event alongside around 200 private security personnel. They’re keeping a close watch out for weapons and drugs.

“They check for gang colors, anything that’s questionable, you are rejected,” said Ken McCall, an X Fest organizer.

The Modesto Visitors and Convention Bureau says the festival fills hotel rooms, restaurants, and bars, which remain open within the concert. Other businesses, like Modesto Loan & Jewelry, are reinventing themselves just for the festival

“If the weather holds out and it stays hot, we’ll sell a lot of water,” said Murray Smith of Modesto Loan & Jewelry.

While there is other entertainment besides music, Zyme says the energy of the crowd is what keeps X Fest coming back year after year.

“You’re litterally getting thousands and thousands and thousands of people coming here to enjoy music, so it’s really cool,” Zyme concluded.

The headliners of Saturday night’s show were Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and E-40.

 

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