LOVE PARADE HALTED

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Love Parade scrapped over safety fears...

RADIO 1’s LOVE PARADE has been cancelled after NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL failed to meet safety requirements surrounding the event, set to be held in the city on July 21.

Radio 1 had set a deadline of 6pm last night (July 15) for the council to resolve issues concerning the massive free party, which was to feature DJs including Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong and Jon Carter and a crowd of 100,000.

However, despite the council revising plans, they were still turned down on safety grounds by Newcastle Police.

A statement issued by Radio 1 today (July 15) on their website www.bbc.co.uk/radio1 said: “Newcastle City Council have failed to meet the conditions of the Entertainment Licence for Love Parade 2001 in the time remaining to stage a safe event. The police have turned down revised plans from Newcastle City Council. Therefore the event will not go ahead.”

Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt said: “On behalf of the dance music community and dance music fans, particularly all those in the North East that have shown us so much support during the past 24 hours I express my sadness. Although I recognise that extraordinary efforts have been made by the Council, I am still very disappointed that they have failed to meet their obligations under the licence at this late stage.

“Radio 1 have been working on this event for more than 6 months and have met or exceeded all the requirements placed on us to stage an exciting and safe event. I pay tribute to the Live Events team at Radio 1 and our event organisers SFX who have worked flat out on meticulous preparations. I am very sorry that Love Parade cannot take place.”

Radio 1 are now in urgent talks with national and local clubs and DJs to see whether, in the time remaining, a programme of smaller indoor events can be mounted in the city.

Andy Parfitt added ; “We are going to pull out all the stops to offer something to keep faith with our audience in the North East. Love Parade may be dead on the streets of Newcastle but we will make every effort to keep its spirit alive on our airwaves and in local clubs and arenas.”