The verdict of a review of Wireless Festival’s license has been reached, after Jeremy Corbyn and activist groups launched a series of complaints.
Jeremy Corbyn wrote a 600-word letter to Haringey council, who are in charge of the festival’s venue, Finsbury Park. He complained about antisocial behaviour, drug use and high noise levels.
He was joined by activist group Friends of Finsbury Park, which cited similar issues. In a statement posted to Friends’ website on 24 October, they revealed that a committee had reached the decision to incorporate noise limits and monitoring.
It also decided that the festival would finish earlier on a Sunday, although Friends’ request that the festival reduce the number of attendees was ignored. Wireless’ current capacity is 50,000.
Among the other new conditions include a “request that performers do not sing or play any vulgar, obscene or banned songs or carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks during the performance”.
It also says that performers must “not offend the general public” and gives examples like “attire which expose the groin, private parts, buttock or female breast(s)”.
The statement on Friends’ website comments: “Even with improved management of the festival, it is simply not possible to reduce the excessive level of public nuisance caused by a festival and the impact it has on the park without reducing the number of attendees below the current limit of 50,000.”
Wireless is organised by Festival Republic, which is owned by Live Nation. Speaking before the verdict was reached, Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn told Live UK: “The review is a perfectly normal procedure – the Council is reviewing the conditions that are imposed on the event, not our adherence to the conditions.
“Some sensible issues have been raised and it could lead to some positive changes. Haringey Council is not looking for any reduction in capacity. A reduction is not something I will entertain.”
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