Ahead of this week’s magistrates hearing on the license for July’s LoveBox festival Labour have called upon the festival promoters LiveNation to listen to the concerns of local residents.
The magistrates hearing comes after the Council’s Licensing Committee rejected a four year license application for LoveBox following objections from Labour councillor Joshua Peck on behalf of residents. Cllr Peck echoed the concerns of many who live around Victoria Park who said that LiveNation did not do enough to counter the distruption and spikes in crime of up to 64% caused by the event. LiveNation have appealed the rejected license but have refused to make any concessions.
At the initial Licensing Committee hearing Cllr Peck had called for LiveNation to only be given a one year license to allow any problems to be dealt with after each event as opposed to LiveNation’s preferred option of a four year agreement. Cllr Peck also proposed an end time of 10pm and limiting the number of attendees to 25,000 at any one time all of which were rejected outright by the promoter.
Speaking ahead of the hearing, Labour’s Cllr Joshua Peck, said:
“We don’t oppose the LoveBox festival, it just has to be done properly without unduly disrupting local people. The problem with LiveNation is that they’ve been completely unwilling to compromise in the face of legitimate resident concerns. Crime rises of this magnitude show some things could obviously be done better.
“I hope the magistrate will understand local concerns and grant a one year licence with the conditions local people want. Above all what we need is for promoters like LiveNation to work with local people to make sure these events are sensitive to the communities which host them.”