Cassiobury Park to be jazzed-up for music festival

Cassiobury Park to be jazzed-up for music festival

Cassiobury Park to be jazzed-up for music festival

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A jazz festival expected to attract crowds of more than 3,000 people will be held in a Watford park.

Jazz in the Park was granted a licence this week to play live music and sell alcohol in Cassiobury Park in a six hour event on Sunday, June 22.

Residents of the Cassiobury estate raised objections about parking, noise pollution and alcohol consumption at the family-orientated festival, which is being held in Watford for the first time.

Resident Jacky Wilson said: "I live bordering the estate. A lot of people are very proud of the park, but it’s a leisure facility and I’m not sure why it’s right to turn it into somewhere for events like this.

"We’ve got the whole High Street which has undergone considerable redevelopment as an area for entertainment. Why is it right to transfer that into the park as well?

"The park is an area for children. You may say this event is for families but how do you marry up children with alcohol?

"And this is something that is going to be on for six hours, at peak times when children will be there."

However, the licensing sub-committee granted the time-limited licence to organisers Warren Brown of De: Luxe Events Limited at the meeting on Wednesday.

Chairman Keith Crout said: "The sub-committee recognises the concerns of residents on the Cassiobury Estate and they will be worked with to ensure events held in the park cause the least disturbance.

"What convinced the committee was the amount of evidence the applicant presented, which predicated they could run successful events."

Matt Clark, the licence holder providing food and beverages at the festival, and solicitor Colin McEwen, CEO of De:Luxe, represented the applicant at the meeting.

Mr McEwen assured the sub-committee the rugby club at the park would provide additional parking for festival goers and said event promoters would be talking to Watfordians face-to-face before the event and encouraging those attending to use public transport.

He also said having the event in the park meant they could properly control the amount of alcohol people were drinking and deal with anyone behaving in a disorderly fashion - something they could not do on The Parade.

Trained staff will be selling the alcohol, adhering to the Challenge 25 policy and knew when to stop serving people.

The festival will be held in a fenced off area near the splash pond in Cassiobury Park - 150 metres from the nearest residence.

A stage and four meter high speakers will be erected for live performances, and the sound technicians will monitor the noise levels around the park and residential areas repeatedly throughout the event.

The event has the capacity to host an audience of 3,100 people.

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2:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

RadioactiveRant says...

Bring back the Rainbow Festival.
Bring back the Rainbow Festival. RadioactiveRant
  • Score: 12

7:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ancientandageing says...

Am with you there, but in the meantime this sounds fun.
more please folk festival, rock festival, choral festival, classical the lot.
how about the 1812 with real cannon to wake up the privaleged elite Nimbys in Park and Nascot.
Am with you there, but in the meantime this sounds fun. more please folk festival, rock festival, choral festival, classical the lot. how about the 1812 with real cannon to wake up the privaleged elite Nimbys in Park and Nascot. ancientandageing
  • Score: 7

8:07pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Nat On The Field says...

How exciting! I can't wait to go with my husband and 2 year old! Just because they sell alcohol there, doesn't mean everyone will drink it in excess or even at all. The park is huge. If it gets too much for our daughter, we can migrate to another part of the park.
How exciting! I can't wait to go with my husband and 2 year old! Just because they sell alcohol there, doesn't mean everyone will drink it in excess or even at all. The park is huge. If it gets too much for our daughter, we can migrate to another part of the park. Nat On The Field
  • Score: 8

10:18pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Felinefrenzi says...

I attended the event today and thought it was a great, well run and free event. Security was on the ball and very visible. Yes alcohol was on sale, but consumption was 'social', lots of families of all ages and older people too.
Shame lots of space allocated to stalls were vacant, but as this was planned late that was understandable. Maybe more craft type/community stuff?
Music was loud, but certainly more pleasant than the stuff played at the Funfair, and was only for a few hours, not days!! 6pm end was perfect.
I attended the event today and thought it was a great, well run and free event. Security was on the ball and very visible. Yes alcohol was on sale, but consumption was 'social', lots of families of all ages and older people too. Shame lots of space allocated to stalls were vacant, but as this was planned late that was understandable. Maybe more craft type/community stuff? Music was loud, but certainly more pleasant than the stuff played at the Funfair, and was only for a few hours, not days!! 6pm end was perfect. Felinefrenzi
  • Score: 3

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