A licence application for Bramham Park is approved...

The LEEDS FESTIVAL licence application for BRAMHAM PARK has been approved.

As we reported yesterday (May 12), music fans in the city were waiting to discover if this year’s festival will go ahead as planned.

After repeated trouble with arson and disturbances at the Temple Newsam Park site in recent years, Mean Fiddler lodged applications for that site – home to the festival for the last five years – and an alternative site at Bramham Park, which is a stately home 10 miles from Leeds.

Following a lengthy meeting yesterday, the licence for Bramham was granted.

A statement issued by Leeds City Council reads: “The licence does, however, carry the condition that no camp fires must be lit within the licensed site, which comprises both the events area and the camp site.”

Councillor Jack Dunn, Licensing Panel chairman, said: “We have considered the proposals and the new security measures put in place by the applicant. The location seems satisfactory and the provisions for public safety seem satisfactory.

“We will now leave it to the multi-agency group which deals with the promoter in the run-up to the event to iron out any details over conditions.”

The licence application was opposed by some. Councillor John Proctor, who lives near Bramham Park, said: “Bramham Park is in an isolated rural area. All the festival will do is cause disruption and disturbance to local villages.”

A hearing for Temple Newsam is scheduled for today.

Music fans of Leeds, have your say! Will you still go if it’s not at Temple Newsam this year? Is it better to have it ten miles outside the city, rather than no festival at all? Does the site matter? What do you think the Leeds Festival brings to the city? After the trouble of recent years, do you think they might as well shut the whole thing down? Or would that be catastrophic to the Leeds music scene?

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