Mumford Sussex show will go on

Mumford and Sons are due to make their only UK live appearance at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover at Convent Fields in Lewes

Mumford and Sons are due to make their only UK live appearance at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover at Convent Fields in Lewes

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A council boss has assured concert goers that a festival will go ahead – despite the event having no formal permission yet.

Thousands of tickets have already been sold for the Mumford and Sons concert in Lewes this summer, but local councillors and music fans have raised concerns that the two-day event could have to be dropped if organisers do not obtain permission for the festival.

A spokeswoman for Lewes District Council said a licensing application was expected to be submitted next week.

The festival is intended to be the Grammy award- winning band’s only UK performance and is expected to attract up to 25,000 people to the Convent Field in Mountfield Road, Lewes.

The band will have to apply for a public music event licence and for permission to sell alcohol.

Safety checks

Once the application is submitted, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Sussex Police will be able to make comments.

If any concerns about safety are raised, councillors will decide whether the event should go ahead.

The council’s chief executive Jenny Rowlands said that it was not yet a “done deal” and that the band had chosen to sell tickets at their own risk.

However a council spokeswoman added: “We’re excited about the event and everything is in place and ready to deal with the licensing application, which is expected next week.

“The only unusual thing here is the sheer size and reputation of a Grammy award winning band, which may have caused a few people to get hot under the collar.”

'Shambolic council'

However, councillor Donna Edwards said she was “astonished” the local authority had announced the event and allowed tickets to go on sale before the organisers had even applied for licences.

Coun Edwards said: “I would love to welcome this prestigious band to Lewes. It would be a deeply upsetting to see the event fail because of the shambolic nature of the district council.

“Tickets have already gone on sale, yet Ms Rowlands has admitted that East Sussex County Council could still veto the event on safety grounds if the venue is not able to cope with the number of people who will want to access the site.

“What will happen then? Will the show be moved or simply cancelled?”

The organisers did not respond to The Argus about whether ticketholders would get refunds if permission was not granted.

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3:56pm Thu 14 Feb 13

RobO. says...

Is this actually news? Does the councillor, or The Argus know anything about festivals? Of course the licence hasn't been granted yet. That won't happen until a few weeks before the event. It's the same for every festival, all the way up to Glastonbury.

Next week's top story - New Pope announced as a Catholic.
Is this actually news? Does the councillor, or The Argus know anything about festivals? Of course the licence hasn't been granted yet. That won't happen until a few weeks before the event. It's the same for every festival, all the way up to Glastonbury. Next week's top story - New Pope announced as a Catholic. RobO.
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4:40pm Thu 14 Feb 13

banargustrolls says...

Pretentious twerps
Pretentious twerps banargustrolls
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4:58pm Thu 14 Feb 13

BiggerH says...

Mumford & Sons = folk music for people that don't like folk music
Mumford & Sons = folk music for people that don't like folk music BiggerH
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5:01pm Thu 14 Feb 13

kennydoit says...

The Isle of Wight festival has an indefinite licence. It was reviewed in November at a 2 day inquiry following the traffic problems last year, and the licence was granted again. Other festivals DO have their licences granted well in advance, but there are often conditions attached which have to be met before the festival takes place.
The Isle of Wight festival has an indefinite licence. It was reviewed in November at a 2 day inquiry following the traffic problems last year, and the licence was granted again. Other festivals DO have their licences granted well in advance, but there are often conditions attached which have to be met before the festival takes place. kennydoit
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