After a meeting this evening, it is confirmed that this weekend's festival can take place...
This weekend’s LEEDS FESTIVAL will go ahead as planned – despite an attempt to pull the plug on the festival at the 11th hour.
As previously reported on NME.COM, an emergency meeting of Leeds City Council took place this evening following the revelation that planning permission has not been obtained for a temporary road to the site at Bramham Park near the city.
One Conservative councilor opposed to the festival was seeking an injunction to stop the roads being used.
“If fans can’t get onto the site, then I don’t see how it can take place,” councilor John Procter told the Yorkshire Post newspaper. “This may seem an extreme stance but we surely cannot afford to send out the message that people don’t need to apply for planning permission in Leeds if they don’t feel like it.”
However, a spokesperson for the festival told NME.COM that the meeting has ended, the festival will go ahead this weekend and no further action will be taken.
Mean Fiddler MD, Melvin Benn, said in a statement: “We are very pleased with the decision of the planning committee to take no further action against us for the procedural problem that occurred in respect of the festival access route. We are now looking forward to a fantastic weekend of live music.”