London’s Haringey Council have responded to the problems reported at shows at Finsbury Park this weekend – claiming that they are ‘satisfied’ with measures Festival Republic have taken ahead of this weekend’s Wireless Festival.
This weekend saw Festival Republic’s 45,000-capacity shows for Liam Gallagher and Queens Of The Stone Age at Finsbury Park mired by problems with lengthy queues for bars, water and toilets. Amid a great many complaints from both Friday and Saturday about the low sound volume on the main stage, long queues to leave the event, ‘overcrowding’ and the ‘bottleneck’ system upon leaving, many fans took to Twitter to hit back when they accused Festival Republic for ‘passing the buck‘ when charity the Workers Beer Company admitted fault for just the bar queue issues alone. They claimed that 40% of their volunteers failed to show up for their bar shifts.
This weekend, Festival Republic host another event at Finsbury Park with Wireless Festival welcoming performances from Stormzy, Migos, J Hus, J Cole, Post Malone, Wiley, DJ Khaled, Giggs and many more.
While revealing that they had received a number of complaints from punters on social media about last weekend’s event, a spokesman from Haringey Council told NME: “Additional measures for leaving the park were put in place for Saturday’s event, which went well. We are satisfied with the measures Festival Republic have put in place for Wireless.”
They also added that they believed there were sufficient water points across the site for the amount of attendees. The Workers Beer Company will not be running the bars at Wireless Festival this weekend.
Amid a huge wave of criticism, many fans have since taken online to demand refunds for last weekend’s shows, with some even starting a petition. Festival Republic declined to comment on the further complaints.
A spokesman for the charity Workers Beer Company spokesman has since told NME that this has never happened before, even the many events they’ve worked at Finsbury Park in the past. While their next event of the summer will be at Lovebox Festival, Workers Beer Company will also be conducting their own independent inquiry into how this happened.