Live Nation appeal Wireless Festival 2019 restrictions


Live Nation have launched an appeal against the recent Haringey council ruling which looks to put the Wireless Festival 2019 in jeopardy. Having last month been told that acts were not permitted to “swear” or wear “offensive clothing”, the event organisers are trying to fight back.

Last month saw Wireless Festival 2019 be given the official go-ahead as its license was renewed despite protestation from the local community, spearheaded by the ‘Friends of Finsbury Park’ association, but with some new restrictions. A lot of these restrictions revolved around sound and noise levels as well as offensive clothing and language as the community complained about noise levels, drug taking and anti-social behaviour at the festival.

Live Nation has launched an appeal against these new restrictions with the Islington Gazette reporting “Wireless festival is unlikely to be commercially viable or practically feasible with such bass levels or with such sound levels on the adjoining Seven Sisters Road”.

It added: “Headline artists will be deterred from appearing and the enjoyment of the audience will be materially diminished, to the extent that extensive audience complaints about low sound levels will be received, there will be an adverse response on social media and the worldwide reputation will be affected”.

The news also emerged that on the last night of the event the festival would have to close by 21:30 pm, a time most of us can agree feels a little silly for a festival.

Live Nation has also appealed against this: “It will be seriously damaging to the commerciality and attractiveness of the event. Headline artists of international repute will not be interested in finishing their performance at 9.30pm before it is even dark enough for an effective light show as part of the climax the act. The audience will complain about early closing and the reputation of the event and the premises licence holder will suffer”.

Let’s hope some agreement can be made