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Licence review for Wireless

8 October 2018

HARINGEY COUNCIL has bowed to pressure and agreed to a review of the licence granted to Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) to stage the annual Wireless festival (cap. 49,000) in North London’s Finsbury Park.

The review, which will begin on 15 October, has been granted following submissions by Islington and Hackney councils, and concerns raised by residents group Friends of Finsbury Park (FFP) and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a local resident and MP for Islington North.

Issues include noise levels, the event’s capacity, anti-social behaviour and the general impact the festival has had on the local community, which is covered by Haringey Council.

FFP has long campaigned against the number of music events licenced to used the park

The Wireless festival licence is in the name of Live Nation (Music UK) Ltd and events under the licence have been managed by 50/50 LNE-Gaiety Holdings company Festival Republic, which operates the Reading (90,000) and Leeds (80,000) festivals.

“It is a perfectly normal procedure, the Council is reviewing the conditions that are imposed on the event not our adherence to the conditions,” says Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn.

“Some sensible issues have been raised and it could lead to some positive changes.”

“Haringey is the licensing authority and they are not looking for any reduction in capacity, a reduction is not something I will entertain.”

The review will take place before Haringey licensing sub-committee at the Civic Centre in Wood Green.

Wireless has taken place in the park since 2014. Headliners this year included Stormzy, J Cole, Giggs and Migras.

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