Reading and Leeds organiser aiming to stage new festival in Luton

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The organiser behind the Reading and Leeds Festivals has submitted plans for a new festival to take place in Luton from May 24 to 27.

Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn is applying to hold the event in Stockwood Park.

The company, which is also responsible for the Wireless, Latitude, and Wilderness festivals, has applied to the town’s Borough Council for the grant of a premises licence for the event.

Permission is being sought for the licence which would allow live music and recorded performances from 12pm to 11:30pm on Friday May 24, and 9:30am to 10:30pm on the Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26).

Organisers are also seeking permission for the sale of alcohol from 12pm to 11pm on the Friday, and from 9:30am to 10:30pm on both days of the weekend.

The local authority’s licensing panel is said to have considered the application at a town hall meeting, with the outcome soon to be announced.

Benn’s application also references a “funfair and sponsor activations” for the festival, along with system sound checks prior to each day and rehearsals on May 23.

Concerns have been raised by some residents about possible noise disruption and anti-social behaviour around the festival site.

In order to pacify this, a noise hotline will reportedly be available to nearby residents during the festival at all times while Benn also said he would consult the community prior to the event.

One resident also wrote to the licensing service warning that the main entry points to the festival site via London Road and Farley Hill may become congested.

“As this is the first large scale event to be held at Stockwood Park, there could be people turning up with the intention of listening to the music, but outside of the event area,” they said, as reported by Luton Today.

“It’s not clear how this situation would be managed. The location and local infrastructure outside isn’t suited to an event of this size and duration.”