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Live Nation appeals new restrictions placed on Wireless Festival 2019
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Local residents previously complained about noise levels at last year's event

Live Nation is appealing against new noise restrictions imposed on the 2019 Wireless Festival.

Last month, it was confirmed that the bash had been granted a licence to remain in London’s Finsbury Park but the council asked performers not to swear or wear offensive clothes.

Local group Friends of Finsbury Park, which is made up of residents in the area, previously called for the festival to be moved. They complained about noise levels, drug taking and anti-social behaviour at the festival.

But Haringey Council decided to change the conditions of the licence rather than take it away. The full licencing report from Haringey Council can be read here.

Now, Live Nation, has submitted an appeal over the council’s decision to Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Stormzy peformed at Wireless 2018

In it, according to the Islington Gazette, the live music company says of the new noise restrictions: “Wireless festival is unlikely to be commercially viable or practically feasible with such bass levels or with such sound levels on the adjoining Seven Sisters Road”.

It added: “Headline artists will be deterred from appearing and the enjoyment of the audience will be materially diminished, to the extent that extensive audience complaints about low sound levels will be received, there will be an adverse response on social media and the worldwide reputation will be affected”.

The council also enforced a new restriction on the last day of the festival which will finish at 21:30 BST – 30 minutes earlier than previous years.

Live Nation have also appealed against this: “It will be seriously damaging to the commerciality and attractiveness of the event. Headline artists of international repute will not be interested in finishing their performance at 9.30pm before it is even dark enough for an effective light show as part of the climax the act. The audience will complain about early closing and the reputation of the event and the premises licence holder will suffer”.

Last years event saw performances from Stormzy, Migos, French Montana, Krept & Konan, and Big Shaq. Attendees of the 2018 event later complained about the low sound volume on the main stage, long queues to leave the event, ‘overcrowding’ and the ‘bottleneck’ system upon leaving.

23/11/2018 23:37:46
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