When two become one: Revised plans could see one large six-day festival in Wanstead instead of two concerts

PUBLISHED: 17:55 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 11 October 2018

The plans were presented at a meeting yesterday. Picture: City of London Corporation

The plans were presented at a meeting yesterday. Picture: City of London Corporation


A music event in Wanstead could be the biggest urban music gathering in London after organisers submitted revised plans for a six-day festival with a 50,000 audience capacity.

A visual imagining of what one of the festival tents could look like. Picture: City of London CorporationA visual imagining of what one of the festival tents could look like. Picture: City of London Corporation

Mama and Company, the people behind Love Box, originally hoped to hold two separate festivals on Wanstead Flats, one with a more pop vibe and other with more alternative acts.

However at a City of London Corporation meeting, held yesterday (Wednesday, October 10), the festival organisers put forward an alternative idea for a single six-day festival in September 2019.

Aldersbrook and Lake House Community Association said it was concerned by the proposals.

“These plans would mean that the originally designated site would have to be expanded,” said Chairman, Kris Sangani.

“The impact on the diverse wildlife of Wanstead Flats would be devastating.”

He added the green space is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and home to vulnerable bird species.

A spokeswoman for the City of London Corporation, which manages Wanstead Flats, said proposals to hold a trial music event were also discussed at the meeting.

“The consultative committee’s views will be considered by elected members of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest & Commons Committee on November 19,” she said.

“If the trustees agree, in principle, that the event can be held on Epping Forest land, a full public licensing consultation will be undertaken accordingly.

“As well as strictly adhering to our open spaces events policy, the event organisers would be required to obtain a licence from the London Borough of Redbridge before any event is allowed to take place.”

She added that Epping Forest is a registered charity and if the event goes ahead all surplus income would contribute towards the cost of managing the area.

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