Brighton may host new music festival

Posted On 14 Sep 2010 at 3:15 pm

Brighton could host a new music festival for 20,000 dance fans next year if the council agrees.

Organisers are asking Brighton and Hove City Council for permission to put on the one-day Shakedown dance festival in Stanmer Park next July.

A decision on whether the council should begin public consultation will be made at one of the regular meetings led by cabinet member for culture Councillor David Smith, on September 21.

Officials are recommending the move.

The festival would have a main stage and a dance tent, plus bars, food outlets and first aid.

Tickets would be sold, with prices yet to be announced.

The organisers would need to submit detailed plans for managing traffic, cleaning up afterwards and managing noise and risk.

Local emergency services are being consulted.

The park was often used for music events in the past, staging the Essential Festival in the late 1990s and the start of this decade.

However, there is no connection between the organisers.

Councillor Smith said: “We’ll take a serious look at it.

“Big events are a mainstay of our visitor economy and something we now have considerable experience at.

“Obviously we need to consult properly to make sure the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

“But in principle it’s the sort of thing the city supports.”

Once any consultation is complete, a full cabinet meeting will need to give consent for the council-owned park to be used.

If approved, the festival is due to happen on Saturday 9 July between noon and midnight.

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