Warrington Council have approved plans for new music festival in Victoria Park for 2018.
Warrington Council have approved plans presented by promoter SJM for a new two day music festival to take place in Victoria Park in 2018.
After a lengthy consultation and hearing which took into consideration some 80 objections and petitions opposed to the idea the plans were approved alongside a number of conditions and a license was issued for the event to take place between May and September of next year, current reports stating a late May date as likely.
Although specific details of the event are sparse SJM were stated as saying the event would be catered towards “indie music” and would not close off the entire park, with a capacity of around 25,000 for the 2018 event. They have also referred to plans for an expanded 3 day event for 2019 for around 29,999 attendees.
With many festivals faltering this year concerns from locals were understandable and questioned organisation capacity as well as fears over traffic volume, staffing, noise levels and alcohol consumption, all factors that will feature heavily in the conditions SJM will be required to meet. A noise curfew of 10.30pm has already been agreed as well as a 11.30pm site closure.
Victoria Park also has a proven history of hosting SJM run live music events, with the first V Festival having taken place there in 1996 featuring Supergrass and Pulp before moving to the larger Leeds site in 1997.
Although Manchester-based, SJM (now the largest independent promoter in the world), is owned and run by Warrington resident Simon Moran – who also owns the Warrington Wolves rugby league club – and boasts over 25 years of experience in promoting live shows that can now range up to 2,500 events per year, catering for tens of thousands of people.
As for the line up, we can only speculate, but having managed the tours and careers for names such as Morrissey, The Killers, The Script and The Coral it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing some big names take to Victoria Park again next year.