All-day festival in Vassals Park given go-ahead
AN all-day tribute bands festival at Vassals Park has been given the go-ahead.
The Bristol Fake Festival will be held on May 2 in a giant marquee on the Oldbury Court Estate after city councillors granted the event a premises licence for alcohol sales and music for one Saturday a year.
It will feature tribute acts to rock and pop bands Queen, Kasabian, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Duran Duran and The Police.
The event’s organisers agreed conditions with police and the city council’s regulatory services before a licensing sub-committee hearing yesterday, including keeping noise below 65 decibels within one metre of surrounding homes.
Members agreed with a police request to limit the licence to two years, so it would automatically stop if the event did not run smoothly.
Four neighbours initially objected but the meeting heard three had withdrawn their complaints after talks with touring festival manager Lee Storey.
Mr Storey said he had spoken to the other resident on the phone.
“He was happy with what I said and wished us well with the event but he just wanted his concerns to remain on the table,” said Mr Storey.
“We have been going 14 years and have held over 450 festivals, which are modern takes on village fetes.
“We run 38 festivals a year, two every weekend in a marquee over the summer.
“The ethos is to put on a great event in the heart of the community, where people come down and meet friends.
“All the marketing is done locally, rather than trying to attract people from other towns.”
Mr Storey said most people attending would walk, travel on public transport or be dropped off, rather than use car parking, so traffic would not be an issue.
He said the event would ban single-use plastic and that the site would be cleared up afterwards.
Council licensing sub-committee chairman Afzal Shah said: “We are happy to grant a licence for two years.
“You have reached out to residents and listened to their concerns.”
The event is due to take place from 11.45am to 11pm and will have a capacity of 1,500 people.
More information is available on the festival website.
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service