Dorset Police has withdrawn its objection to Gilles Peterson’s jazz festival We Out Here (cap. 25,000) going ahead this summer.
The fourth edition of the festival is set to move from Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire – where it previously held 10,000 people – to Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset.
Dorset Police had told Dorset Council it was concerned about the proposal meeting conditions ahead of the event, but after discussions with the council it has agreed for it to go ahead under certain conditions.
The event, due to run from 10-14 August, will now only have two days with a post-midnight finish, with live music into Saturday and Sunday mornings until 3am.
A hearing is set to go ahead today, 22 March, to discuss conditions laid out by the police including the sale of alcohol; a crowd and sound management plan; a medical plan; welfare and safeguarding; staff training and a refusals policy; and a traffic management plan.
The multi-genre festival was launched in 2019 by Peterson and Noah Ball, the founder and managing director of NVS Music Group, which organises the Outlook and Dimensions festivals in Croatia. We Out Here is curated by Peterson, his label Brownswood Recordings and Worldwide FM.
Sgt Gareth Gosling from the police licensing team said, “The conditions agreed will ensure that the applicant can have a framework within which to promote the licensing objectives to prevent crime and disorder, safeguard children from the harmful effects of alcohol and maintain the safety of the public within the licensed premises.
“On the basis that the applicant is willing to accept these conditions to the Premises Licence in their entirety, Dorset Police no longer have concerns that this Premises Licence will undermine the licensing objectives and our representation is withdrawn.”