Shakedown Festival receives landlord’s consent

Besi Besemar January 30, 2013

Shakedown Festival 2012
Shakedown Festival 2012

The decision to grant Landlord’s Consent comes after extensive consultation with representatives of Stanmer village, other interested stakeholders, all political parties, as well as the organisers of the Festival.

The decision means that the two day event, with the second day having a family focus, will take place on the weekend  of September 28 and 29. It will be the last Shakedown to take place in Stanmer Park before looking to move to a new location in the city.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Economic Development & Culture Committee, said:

“I think it would be disingenuous to ignore there were a number of aspects of last year’s Shakedown Festival that could have been handled better by the organisers. These weaknesses have been publicly acknowledged by the organisers. The Council will be building in robust conditions into the agreement to take account of those concerns. 

“Another consideration in giving the Festival the green light is the city’s reputation for hosting events appealing to the youth market and foster local talent. Just as importantly though, local businesses benefit from the Festival. Last year more than 50 local companies supplied contracts worth in excess of £250,000 meaning the local economy gains from the event.”

In response to residents’ feedback, changes to how vehicles enter the Stanmer Park will be made. There will be regular reporting to the Stanmer Park stakeholders as well as ongoing input by Stanmer villagers. Also an on-site traffic management team will be present throughout the build up, breakdown and on the days of the event. Routes in the park will be protected with measures such as “metal roads” and there will be a holding pen for large vehicles to avoid congestion.