News Licensing 5th Aug 2016

Tom Day Secures Licence for Bryan Adams Performance at the Betley Concerts

Tom Day this week secured the licence for the Bryan Adams Performance at the Betley Concerts.

The Betley Concerts are an annual 3-day music festival with a capacity of 15,000 people per night. Last year the concerts were closed by a performance from Sir Tom Jones. The event is licensed from three days from Friday 12th August 2016 – Sunday 14th August 2016 and this year includes performances from Will Young and Simply Red. The application that Tom presented, and was opposed by a number of local residents, was to extend the duration of the Concerts this year to include Thursday 11th August 2016 so that thousands of fans who had purchased tickets would be able to see Bryan Adams perform. In the event of refusal by the licensing sub-committee there would have been insufficient time, prior to the concerts, to secure any redress and therefore ensuring that the variation was granted was of the utmost importance.

In determining the application the Newcastle Borough Council licensing sub-committee had to consider various representations from local residents, statutory guidance from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and its own recently revised Licensing Policy. A number of issues were raised in objection by local residents and required considered responses that reflected the substantial policies and materials in place for an open-air concert of this size. This included preventing public nuisance through noise monitoring and management, traffic management, anti-social behaviour management and health & safety management.

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Tom has experience of handling contentious licensing hearings and has particular familiarity with large music concerts and festivals.  Tom was instructed by David Edwards of Harrison Drury.

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