Festival's failure to be probed

Festival's failure to be probed

Festival's failure to be probed

First published in North Essex

AN investigation will be held into the I Am Music fiasco.

The music festival, which was due to take place in July in Colchester Castle Park, was cancelled at the eleventh hour after council bosses could not be convinced proper health and safety measures were being taken by the organisers.

It left thousands of music and dance fans disappointed and out of pocket.

Now, the influential Colchester Council scrutiny committee has agreed to hold an investigation.

Beverley Davies, committee chair, said: “Something went wrong, but I do not think it was anything to do with the council.

“We will be looking at the whole policy of using Castle Park for events such as I Am Music, which clearly had a big effect on a lot of people.

“Castle Park is a great facility to hold events and we will be looking at how that could possibly be made better and hopefully avoid anything like this happening again.”

Part of the “scoping exercise” will be to look at whether health and safety checks could have been made by council bosses earlier, in order to give fans more notice of the cancellation.

Mrs Davies added: “I think it is important it is looked at.

“A lot of people were due to perform and I think that was probably where the main impact was.”

The organisers have begun refunding more than 5,000 tickets, some of which were bought for as much as £36.

The review, which was called for by Dominic Graham, borough councillor for Mile End, will be carried out by a working party, set up by the committee in October.

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10:33am Mon 1 Sep 14

sam vines says...

Now, the influential Colchester Council scrutiny committee has agreed to hold an investigation.

How about looking at the missing money at leisure world or the broken CCTV which was funded by the council tax payer instead of wasting council tax payers money on this non issue which the cost of holding will never be recovered.
Now, the influential Colchester Council scrutiny committee has agreed to hold an investigation. How about looking at the missing money at leisure world or the broken CCTV which was funded by the council tax payer instead of wasting council tax payers money on this non issue which the cost of holding will never be recovered. sam vines
  • Score: 8

10:56am Mon 1 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

More wobbly money accrued?
More wobbly money accrued? totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

11:47am Mon 1 Sep 14

romantic says...

I have worked with the council to organise things in the past, and they make it very clear what is required from day one. Some of the requirements seemed onerous for the small-scale things we were doing, but for an event bringing in 5,000 people, they absolutely have to be sure that everything is in place - that means stuff like security, toilets, catering etc. Imagine the uproar if the event had gone ahead and lack of security meant it turned into a riot.

Whether through naivety or incompetence, the organisers did not have this in place. The security firm wasn't going be there because they hadn't been paid. Bands were pulling out because no payments were being made. It's very harsh on the people who had tickets, or who were due to perform, but in this case CBC got it right. If this had gone ahead, there would have been 5,000 people effectively locked into the park (no re-entry allowed), being fleeced for food and drink (can't go outside to eat, no re-entry). And then finding that the headline band would not be there at all. That's definitely got potential to create an angry crowd.

CBC is right to review this, but these procedures are put there for a reason, and it is the organisers who have to accept the responsibility for it not taking place.
I have worked with the council to organise things in the past, and they make it very clear what is required from day one. Some of the requirements seemed onerous for the small-scale things we were doing, but for an event bringing in 5,000 people, they absolutely have to be sure that everything is in place - that means stuff like security, toilets, catering etc. Imagine the uproar if the event had gone ahead and lack of security meant it turned into a riot. Whether through naivety or incompetence, the organisers did not have this in place. The security firm wasn't going be there because they hadn't been paid. Bands were pulling out because no payments were being made. It's very harsh on the people who had tickets, or who were due to perform, but in this case CBC got it right. If this had gone ahead, there would have been 5,000 people effectively locked into the park (no re-entry allowed), being fleeced for food and drink (can't go outside to eat, no re-entry). And then finding that the headline band would not be there at all. That's definitely got potential to create an angry crowd. CBC is right to review this, but these procedures are put there for a reason, and it is the organisers who have to accept the responsibility for it not taking place. romantic
  • Score: 7

12:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

romantic wrote:
I have worked with the council to organise things in the past, and they make it very clear what is required from day one. Some of the requirements seemed onerous for the small-scale things we were doing, but for an event bringing in 5,000 people, they absolutely have to be sure that everything is in place - that means stuff like security, toilets, catering etc. Imagine the uproar if the event had gone ahead and lack of security meant it turned into a riot.

Whether through naivety or incompetence, the organisers did not have this in place. The security firm wasn't going be there because they hadn't been paid. Bands were pulling out because no payments were being made. It's very harsh on the people who had tickets, or who were due to perform, but in this case CBC got it right. If this had gone ahead, there would have been 5,000 people effectively locked into the park (no re-entry allowed), being fleeced for food and drink (can't go outside to eat, no re-entry). And then finding that the headline band would not be there at all. That's definitely got potential to create an angry crowd.

CBC is right to review this, but these procedures are put there for a reason, and it is the organisers who have to accept the responsibility for it not taking place.
Why would the CBC bother to review anything? They assume that they are always right due too their we are God mentality
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I have worked with the council to organise things in the past, and they make it very clear what is required from day one. Some of the requirements seemed onerous for the small-scale things we were doing, but for an event bringing in 5,000 people, they absolutely have to be sure that everything is in place - that means stuff like security, toilets, catering etc. Imagine the uproar if the event had gone ahead and lack of security meant it turned into a riot. Whether through naivety or incompetence, the organisers did not have this in place. The security firm wasn't going be there because they hadn't been paid. Bands were pulling out because no payments were being made. It's very harsh on the people who had tickets, or who were due to perform, but in this case CBC got it right. If this had gone ahead, there would have been 5,000 people effectively locked into the park (no re-entry allowed), being fleeced for food and drink (can't go outside to eat, no re-entry). And then finding that the headline band would not be there at all. That's definitely got potential to create an angry crowd. CBC is right to review this, but these procedures are put there for a reason, and it is the organisers who have to accept the responsibility for it not taking place.[/p][/quote]Why would the CBC bother to review anything? They assume that they are always right due too their we are God mentality totallyfootball
  • Score: -5

1:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jim_bo says...

5000 more like 200! Hence the cancellation.

CBC waited until the 11th hour to get their money from the hire of the park. Safety only came into play when officials realised what an amateur shower these people were.
5000 more like 200! Hence the cancellation. CBC waited until the 11th hour to get their money from the hire of the park. Safety only came into play when officials realised what an amateur shower these people were. jim_bo
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jut1972 says...

Beverley Davies, committee chair, said: “Something went wrong, but I do not think it was anything to do with the council.


Open minded then?

Why are CBC wasting money on this review?
As Sam Vines says there are more pressing matters.
Beverley Davies, committee chair, said: “Something went wrong, but I do not think it was anything to do with the council. Open minded then? Why are CBC wasting money on this review? As Sam Vines says there are more pressing matters. jut1972
  • Score: 2

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