Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 8°C

Five-day forecast

HD Festival license could be revoked

Festival goers at the High Definition Festival, Forest Farm, Hainault Festival goers at the High Definition Festival, Forest Farm, Hainault

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
11:18 AM

The future of the HD music festival could be in doubt as plans to revoke its license are due to be discussed tomorrow.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Redbridge Police will meet with the council’s licensing sub committee on December 19 at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford High Road to review the License for the festival’s venue.

The High Definition electronic music festival has been held for the last few years on land at Forest Farm, Forest Road, Hainault, but chaotic scenes in June and complaints from residents mean the future of the festival is now in doubt.

Police are hoping to revoke the festival’s license citing security problems, violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour.

Redbridge Police Licensing Sergeant Dougie Fyfe, said: “We are supporting the local residents and reviewing the License for the HD Festival due to the crime and disorder and public nuisance caused to local residents and businesses in the area.”

The last event, held on June 29, saw more than 900 people gain entry using fake tickets, while more people scaled fences, meaning many people with legitimate tickets were denied entry once the venue, which had a capacity of 9000, became full.

Police reported ‘huge amounts of drug paraphernalia’ left behind, as well as fights, assaults and thefts and said the festival was ‘attracting criminal gangs’ and taking up a ‘huge amount of police resources’, despite being a private event.

The next HD Festival is planned for July 5 in 2014 and organisers have promised to address the problems faced by festival goers in June.

In a statement on the group’s Facebook page following the event, organisers apologised for the confusion over tickets and said 2014’s festival would see tickets sold through one on-line retailer only to prevent forgery and a 20ft perimeter fence would be installed to stop people climbing over.

Danny May, Managing Director of High Definition, said: “We recognise there were some issues with the festival last year but on the whole feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We have been quite open in our dialogue with the police, the council and our customers about how we will address these issues in 2014.”

Share this article

Most Read News...

Ajay Kainth own chocolate samosas called Chocomosa that are now being sold in selected branches of Morrisons.

Woodford Green man’s home-made chocolate sold in Morrisons

Forget about Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory! Look a bit closer to home for a true tongue tingling story of how one man launched a family recipe into one of the biggest supermarkets in the country.

Read full story »

   Local advertisers

Other Crime & Court

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ilford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Ilford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ilford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

The pop-up will mark Record Store Day, which is on Saturday (Picture: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

World’s smallest disco to open in Stoke Newington

Two musicians behind the ‘90s hit Brimful of Asha are launching the world’s smallest disco in Stoke Newington this weekend.

Read full story »