The Chairman invited the licensing officer to clarify some administrative questions. In response to the identity of the applicant was, Ms Bateman confirmed that Soultown Festival, as referred to in section 4 of the application, was simply the name of the event and that the applicant was ‘Stevents Limited’ as per section 1.
In relation to section 10 and the start time of 10:00am for the provision of live music, Ms Bateman said this was for sound checks. She confirmed that the event would not be open to the public until 12:00, so the LBB Licensing Officer advised that sound checks were not licensable as there would be no public there. The provision of live music under the license would therefore not start until 12:00 on both days.
THE APPLICANT’S CASE
The Applicant said that they wanted to address some issues that had arisen in 2021. In relation to noise, the level had been within the license conditions, however it had been more noticeable because of the direction of the tents. This would be changed this year. The event had overrun by 15 minutes. Because the headline act started late, the Head of Security had decided that it was safer to allow the overrun.
The issue with the wristbands was that they could be squeezed on and off, which created some overcrowding in the VIP area. They had changed supplier and they also had a new security firm. In relation to the mother and child, they had spoken to the SAG afterwards, which was satisfied with how it had been dealt with. With the bars, there had been a short-notice staff shortage due to COVID. It was not accepted that people bought in bulk as there was a 2 drink maximum. The Applicant acknowledged having a single refusal register had been a mistake and this time they would have a register at each bar, which would then be collated into a single one at the end.
Regarding the allegations of violence and drugs, this was denied and the Applicant said they were proud there had not been a single serious violent incident. This year there would be a street patrol team, who would be a visible guide to aid any members of the public who were off-site to routes home. Additionally there would be a litter team. There had been a meeting with residents on 7 February. One thousand letters had been sent and 9 people had attended
The site had been extended but the capacity was unchanged. This allowed the tent to be further back, which should be better at reducing noise. When the problem with the VIP wrist bands was discovered, a sweep was done and people were removed in order to make the area safe. This year’s event would be the safest and the best experience for customers.
QUESTIONS TO THE APPLICANT
The Chairman invited questions and Cllr Gabbert asked about the collapse of the temporary structure in 2021. The Applicant replied that the structure ... view the full minutes text for item 7