LEEDS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NEW VENUE

Braham Park gets the nod for the Carling Weekend after four years at Temple Newsam...

The LEEDS leg of this year’s CARLING WEEKEND is to be held in the new venue of BRAHAM PARK, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The decision was announced this morning (May 16) by Melvin Benn, Managing Director of the festivals’ promoters Mean Fiddler Music Group.

A licence was granted for both Bramham Park and Temple Newsam Park, where the Leeds leg of the festival has been held since it began in 1999, earlier this week.

Many local residents had strongly opposed the granting of a licence for the Temple Newsam site, which has seen trouble with arson and violence on the final night of the August Bank Holiday festival for the last three years, and were bitterly disappointed by the decision to grant organisers a licence to hold the festival in the same place this year.

The Mean Fiddler said they felt, after listening to the deliberation over the two days of application and re-assessing the access routes of both sites as well as the long term future of the event, that a new site would benefit the event this year and for the future.

The organisation also said that comments made by the Chairman Of The Licensing Panel of Leeds City Council about moving the campsite a little further away from the residents of Colton, as well as his points of view made on regional TV last night (May 15), appeared to support that and have brought significant influence on the decision.

Benn said in a statement issued to NME.COM: “I asked for 24 hours to consider the options as well as consider the thoughts of those close to or having an influence on the event. There is an assured future for the use of the land at Bramham that the investment in infrastructure justifies, it offers the most beautiful of locations, is owned and managed by people aware of the difficulties the event has had, but committed to help eradicating them, is slightly further removed from local residents and is in Leeds.

“The commitment that the Council clearly have towards ensuring that events of this nature are provided for the young people of Leeds in Leeds and for the recognition of the economic and cultural benefits it brings, gives me great heart for the future and the Chairman of the Licensing Panel’s comments about Bramham have very much sealed it for me.”

“I am very much looking forward to a fantastic event now.”

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