RESIDENTS’ GROUP Friends of Finsbury Park (FOFP) has proposed the North London park declares a “fallow” year without major festivals, following July’s Wireless (cap. 45,000), one of several major events run by Festival Republic (FR) on the site.
Others include Community (45,000), Steel Yard (15,000 – presented by Creamfields (a fellow Live Ntion Entertainment-owned company) and one-off shows by Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age last year.
The call is the latest move in a campaign around usage of the park, which has seen FOFP mount legal challenges to both Haringey Council, the park’s owner, and FR, over allegations of noise and crime particularly at Wireless, dating back to 2015.
Now, according to the group’s chair Simon Hunt, FOFP has expanded its objectives beyond Wireless.
“We’re now looking at a whole suite of festivals,” he says. “We are concerned about the terms under which they operate and the size and duration of [park] closures. Since 2013 the rate of festivals has ramped-up and they get closer together and you see a deterioration of the grass.
“In the same way that Glastonbury [147,500] works, Finsbury Park ought to have fallow year.”
In a statement, Haringey Council says, “There is no fallow year planned for Finsbury Park. Many of Haringey’s residents attend and enjoy these events [which also] bring in vital income, with every penny going back into the park’s facilities and upkeep.”
FOFP’s patron is local MP and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. FR did not respond to LIVE UK’s request for comment.