DJ music festival looking for new location

DJ music festival looking for new location

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:21am 17th September 2019.

A DJ music event due to take place on the edge of Wimborne this weekend – now won’t be held there.

Organisers withdrew their application for a temporary event licence at the showground site off the Lake Gates roundabout, after police objections.

A Dorset Council licensing committee heard on Monday that permission from the landowners had not been agreed.

Organisers said after the hearing in Dorchester that it was “still likely” the event would go ahead – but at another location. 

They declined to say where although a website selling tickets for the 450-capacity event, which was sold out, had originally said that the site would be in the Fordingbridge area.

Archie Brown (left) and Adam Jackson address the licensing committee
Archie Brown (left) and Adam Jackson address the licensing committee

Said joint organiser Archie Brown:

“We’re still trying to finalise the details for the event. It’s still likely that it will still happen.”

Adam Jackson, who appeared with him at the County Hall hearing, also telling the committee he was an organiser, said that arrangements had been made to contact all those who had bought tickets via the ticket sales website to say where the event was to be held.

'Police objection'

Dorset Police said in their objection that they were worried about the experience of those behind the event and the risk of disturbance to residents from the 450 people expected to attend overnight from Saturday September 21st until Sunday morning.

An application to Dorset Council for a temporary event notice had asked for the sale of alcohol and food until 2am, although said that music would stop at midnight.

The website for the event shows all tickets, priced between £9 and £22, as being sold out.

Licensing committee

Dorset police had also expressed concern that the application had been made within three weeks of the event taking place and said that it is the first event of its type the organiser have put on.

Their concerns include security, the age profile of the audience, first aid provision, adequate toilets, what might happen in the event of bad weather and who will be running the bar, as well as noise disturbance to residents and a lack of evidence about public liability insurance.

Sgt Gareth Gosling, in a statement, described the planned security for the event as “woefully low given the nature of the event.”

He said Dorset Police had not been provided with the evidence which would have reassured them about issues of security, medical, welfare, dispersal, age controls and traffic management, ahead of the event.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter 

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