Promoter hits back over festival refusal

THE promoter behind a proposed music festival on the north Northumberland coast, which was refused a premises licence last week, has said that the event could have been a ‘great boost to the local economy’.

And he also said that they have not ruled out appealing the decision.

Last Wednesday, Northumberland County Council’s licensing sub-committee rejected the application by Nightwatch Ltd for a premises licence for Multigroove Festival, to take place at Springhill Farm near Seahouses this summer as well as in 2013 and 2014.

Following that announcement, promoter Alan Ingham said that they were ‘very disappointed with the outcome’.

“We are looking into the possibility of an appeal,” he said.

“As for Seahouses missing out, less than one per cent objected, and only one business objected, from more than 2,000 people – that shows massive support.

“This could have been a great boost to the local economy in very needy times.

“This event could have been a great success if we had the full support from the local authorities.

“We would like to thank all the people in and around Seahouses who gave us great support and made us feel very welcome, and the professionalism we got from Ear to the Ground, Hatton Traffic and Vanguardia.

“And a special thanks to the Gregory family at Springhill Farm, who have great vision, as anybody can see with the great work they do to promote tourism in Seahouses.

“It’s a shame as this would have been a great event, one Seahouses and Northumberland would have been proud of. Northumberland still hasn’t got its own music festival.”

Any appeal lodged would be heard in a magistrates’ court.