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Field Day rules out move to Finsbury Park – despite having applied to Haringey Council for permission

PUBLISHED: 13:51 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 27 October 2017

Aphex Twin at Field Day 2017 in Victoria Park. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)

Aphex Twin at Field Day 2017 in Victoria Park. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)

John Lubbock

The promoter behind Field Day has ruled out holding the three-day festival in Finsbury Park next year – despite having applied to Haringey Council for permission to do so.

Nicolas Jaar performs at Field Day 2017. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)Nicolas Jaar performs at Field Day 2017. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)

Field Day had asked whether the event could run on the weekend of June 1 to June 3, but today told the Gazette it would “100 per cent” not be going ahead at the park.

Stakeholders had been asked for feedback on the plan by Monday.

Field Day is being forced to leave Victoria Park, its home of 10 years, because Tower Hamlets Council has given another promoter the exclusive right to run large-scale music events there until 2022. Field Day’s capacity is 45,000 per day.

Headliners last year included veteran electronic musician Aphex Twin, innovative hip-hop producer Flying Lotus, rap duo Run the Jewels and early ’90s shoegaze favourites Slowdive.

The first weekend of June clashes directly with the finale of All Points East, which will be Goldenvoice’s first event in Victoria Park since winning the contract this year.

Field Day was one of six events with a capacity in excess of 10,000 that Haringey had been tentatively asked to host in Finsbury Park.

The council indicated in an e-mail to stakeholders on October 6, seen by the Gazette, that no more than one of the two events proposed for the beginning of June would go ahead. The smaller Slammin’ Events weekend has applied for permission to run on June 9 and June 10.

Field Day 2017. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)Field Day 2017. Picture: John Lubbock/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY-SA 2.0)

It comes as the Friends of Finsbury Park prepare for a day at the Court of Appeal on Thursday, hoping to limit the length and size of events that can be held in the park. The group lost a judicial review in June 2016 of Haringey’s decision to licence Wireless Festival.

Tom Palin of the Friends group told the Gazette today: “One reason we started to look at these large events in Finsbury Park was because they seemed to be getting more and more frequent.

“Next year we figured out if we put all these events together, you’ve got 10 weeks of closures of the park.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean closing off the whole park, but it’s not very nice to see and they have private security.”

The Friends’ legal challenge centres around whether or not councils have the right to close parks for more than 12 days in a year, and to shut off more than a 10th of them at any time. They believe its outcome would have consequences for parks across the UK.

Welcoming the outcome of last year’s judicial review, Haringey’s environment boss Cllr Peray Ahmet had said: “Events like Wireless make a huge contribution to London’s cultural scene.”

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