Annual 3-day dance festival at Leicester’s Abbey Park gets green light

Organizers of a huge dance festival have secured a license for an annual three-day event at Leicester’s Abbey Park. The launch event will take place this summer and the festival will take place on the last weekend of June each year.

The people behind Beyond Festival, JBR Events, hope to attract around 10,000 revelers to the city. The lineup was announced and the first pre-sale tickets sold out, before licensing was agreed, with artists including Skream, Danny Howard, Bru-C and Wilkinson.

The application for a license to hold the festival was discussed at a council hearing on March 31. A number of concerns were raised about the event by local businesses and Leicestershire Police, although it was accepted that the event would “provide very good economic benefit”. Towards the city”.

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The license was granted yesterday, subject to a long list of conditions. It will be valid the last weekend of June, between Friday and Sunday, on an annual basis.

JBR Events shared the news on social media. His post read: “Our home, forever. We just got the permanent license the last weekend in June every year at Abbey Park.

“We look forward to developing this incredible event, for you, for our community and for Leicester. Let’s make our launch a year to remember.”

Abbey Park has been announced as the Beyond Festival’s new “permanent home”

This year, the festival features a lineup of over 30 artists from the UK garage, drum and bass and house music scene, spread across three stages. Each year, the main event will take place on Saturday, while Friday and Sunday will be reduced to a capacity of 4,999 people, as required by the conditions of the license.

This year, the main day will be Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entry will be limited to those aged 18 and over.

Leicestershire Police Assistant Licensing Director David Braithwaite previously wrote to the council to express the force’s concerns about the scale and nature of the event. He wrote: “This event will fall on a weekend in the middle of the summer period when the demand for policing – especially the night economy – will be high.

Statue of Cardinal Wolsey from Abbey Park

“With events of this magnitude, the likelihood of an impact on crime and disorder is also greatly increased, particularly when fueled by the use of drugs or alcohol – or a combination of both. Our experience previous festivals with a similar theme has shown that due to the age group that will be attending this event, a large number of festival goers will use either alcohol or drugs.”

Under the terms of the license agreement, organizers will need to consult and work with local authorities to ensure the event is properly run. They will also be required to take “all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of an event causing a public nuisance”. Organizers should be required to submit a comprehensive event management plan to the City Council’s Festivals and Events team, which will need to be fully endorsed by all relevant agencies involved.

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