Crackdown on performers means Wireless Festival will go ahead

Wireless Festival
Credit: Clive Carter Wireless Festival: residents complain Finsbury Park is becoming a 'dystopian nightmare'

Performers at next year’s Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park will have to keep the noise down, be careful about their language and make sure they’re not shocking people by wearing too little clothing.

They’re all conditions agreed to by the festival’s operator, Live Nation, after a licensing review by Haringey Council this week.

Local residents’ group Friends of Finsbury Park had called for the review as part of its long-running battle to stop the festival.

The new conditions include a “request that performers do not sing or play any vulgar, obscene or banned songs or carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks.”

They also tell performers not to wear clothing that would “offend the general public” or “expose the groin, private parts, buttock or female breast(s)”.

Local residents used the review last Monday to speak out against the festival’s noise impact, antisocial behaviour and damage to the park. One local primary school teacher told Councillors that during the festival it “feels like we’re living in a dystopian nightmare for 3 or 4 days”.

Haringey Council has now imposed a bass frequency limit on the festival and a finish time of 9.30pm, rather than 10pm.

Tom Palin, chair of Friends of Finsbury Park, said that this was the first noise restriction the festival has seen. “Previously there was no restriction on how loud the bass could be which caused buildings to shake and windows to rattle, many residents complaining that even with the windows closed they couldn’t stop the low bass disturbance”, he said.

He added: “Although we had nothing to do with the condition regarding offensive clothing, we welcome the clampdown on swearing over the PA system. The kids playground is just behind the Wireless enclosure and many children play in the park during Wireless so at least the condition provides more protection for them.

The council has been contacted for comment but has yet to respond.