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Wireless music festival can stay

Haringey council draws up new conditions for music festival organisers

23 October, 2018 — By Emily Finch

A LICENSING  COMMITTEE has decided that Wireless musical festival can stay in Finsbury Park following a review of the festival organiser Live Nation’s licence.

Three councillors from Haringey spent last Monday evening listening to representations from furious residents living near the park which borders Islington and Hackney but is managed by  Haringey council.

Community group Friends of Finsbury Park had prompted the review on the grounds that the festival, which takes place in July, has caused a public nuisance and has given rise to crime and disorder.

An 18-page document sent to residents last night argued that the “licensing objective of the prevention of crime & disorder has not been undermined”.

But the committee have tabled new conditions including for the festival to be closed slightly earlier on Sunday.

The report says: “LSC [the licensing sub-committee] does consider it would be appropriate and proportionate to reduce the terminal hour by 30 minutes on Sunday. By that reduction, the last sale of alcohol would be made at 2100hrs, regulated entertainment would finish at 2130hrs, and the event would close at 2200hrs. The LSC considers that this would set an appropriate balance between the value of the event to the community, the fact that the event takes place in early July during school term, that Sunday is the day before the working week commences for many, and that the event takes place in relative proximity to residents.”

They have also called for new noise conditions because “the LSC’s view is that loud music from the event, including bass level noise, has caused nuisance to local residents such that a public nuisance has been caused undermining the public nuisance licensing objective.”

Live Nation have been approached for comment.

Read the paper out on Friday for a full report into the decision.



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