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A very substantial festival proposed for Finsbury Park, The Wireless Festival sponsored by Yahoo.
The plan looks as though it will take up most of the park.
The plan attached shows a boundary covering almost the entire park.
Councillors have been sent the following email
Please find attached an application from a new promoter wishing to be granted a license to hold music events in Finsbury Park.
Live Nation have previously delivered the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park and earlier this year at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark the anniversary of the Olympic Games.
However, there are seeking a new ‘home’ for the Wireless Festival and have submitted this application for an indefinite license for music and dancing and the sale of alcohol at Finsbury Park, the crowd capacity being sought is 49,999.
Should their license application be successful they are proposing to make use of it on 4-6th July 2014 to host the festival.
Obviously, it is early days and the consultation is now underway, signs have been put up on the park gates and around the park, the Councils web page has been updated to show the application is under consultation also.
The application I have attached above does have some information redacted, but please note that the information redacted is personal addresses/details of the intended designated premises supervisor. If Members wish to forward the application on to residents groups etc you are able to do so.
Live Nation are keen to present themselves to residents and businesses in the area and we will be arranging a public meeting to enable this to happen.
Please note the closing date for representations is the 21st November 2013.
This may be the very thin end of the wedge in Finsbury Park. The council is planning to allow up to six 2-3 day "large events" in the park every year. Realistically that's every summer. And "large" means up to 50,000+ attendees .What with the set up time and dismantling time for events like this, large parts of the park will be unaviable to local people for several weeks over the summer. Not to mention the damage to the park if the weather is wet and the usual traffic chaos, crime and ASB, litter and the like.
If you are concerned about the prospect respond to the consultation at http://www.haringey.gov.uk/finsburyparkevents by Sunday 10 November and clearly specify your support for the existing policy of five events per year (max one day) as opposed to the disingenuous option of six events per year (which can be up to three days in length each and thus meaning up to 18 days of large events).