Music festival cancelled amid uncertainty over council licence

Music festival cancelled amid uncertainty over council licence

Music festival cancelled amid uncertainty over council licence

First published in News

MORE than 1,400 music lovers have been refunded their ticket price after a festival near Bicester was cancelled.

A total of 3,000 were expected at the first Ox and Bucks Homegrown festival on August 15 to 17 in a field just outside the village of Chesterton, south of Bicester.

Organisers decided to cancel on Tuesday after they were told there was only a 50 per cent chance they would be granted a premises licence, at a Cherwell District Council meeting this Tuesday. This licence would have allowed them to sell alcohol and have loud music.

Organiser Len Readle said he was most worried about the impact Thames Valley Police safety concerns would have on the councillors’ decision.

The force objected to the licence application over concerns about potential crime and disorder and public safety. Some 250 performers in 73 bands have been told they cannot play and 11 stallholders will be refunded.

The festival would have been the first Oxfordshire version of the Homegrown franchise launched by promoter Glen Moulds in East Anglia last year.

Mr Readle, 49, who used to run the Angel pub in Bicester, said: “The Homegrown team and I are truly sorry the festival is cancelled, and we will ensure it will go ahead next year and we will make it up to you there.”

He said he would be left £12,600 out of pocket by the decision.

For more details, see hmfoxford.com

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

Skye Hall's family: Our first Christmas without our brave son

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

LOOM bands are taking over the house of Skye Hall’s family as they prepare to spend their first Christmas without the brave youngster who died in August.

Hudspeth backs councillors in demand to be told man's pay in allowances row

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has backed councillors Rodney Rose and Kevin Bulmer who asked a voter to reveal his wages when he challenged them over a 19 per cent hike in their allowance.

Two arrested for GBH after man injured in fight

Oxford Mail:

5:24pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Two teenagers from Witney were arrested last night after a man suffered a broken arm.

Oxfam "accepts" tweet ruling

Oxford Mail:

2:23pm Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFAM has said it accepts criticism from charity regulators over an alleged “party political” tweet about a “perfect storm” of poverty.

Ambulance managers shown as Nazis in Downfall video parody

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

A VIDEO portraying South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) bosses as Nazi military officials has emerged on YouTube.

What brilliant picture is in our Oxford Mail Advent Calendar today?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

December is Advent Calendar time and we have a special new interactive graphic for you each and every day until Christmas Eve. I've chosen the best 24 pictures of 2014 and I'll be unveiling one a day - so what is behind's today's door?

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree