People behind Love Box plan six-day music festival in Wanstead with acts such as Jess Glynne, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro

PUBLISHED: 12:14 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 01 October 2018

The Prodigy perform live at the Isle of Wight Festival, Picture: David Jensen

The Prodigy perform live at the Isle of Wight Festival, Picture: David Jensen

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The people behind Love Box are hoping to hold a six-day music festival on Wanstead Flats in summer 2019 with acts such as Jess Glynne, Biffy Clyro, George Ezra and the Stereophonics.

MAMA & Company have drawn up three different proposals for the site on Aldersbrook Road and Capel Road and said residents would get discounted tickets with priority given to local people and businesses for employment and trading opportunities.

At an Epping Forest and Commons Committee meeting on Monday, September 10, panel members were asked to provide feedback on whether they would prefer a more pop-based event, a more alternative event or one that had both elements.

One option, the Kayam project is a main-stage show, which is billed as “more akin to a concert than a festival” despite the high anticipated footfall.

The organiser said the event would be supported by a “high-quality food and drink offering” and acts would be along the lines of “George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Paulo Nutini, and the Stereophonics.

Another event option put forward was “Steel Yard” which would take place in September with acts such as Biffy Clyro, the Prodigy, Pendulum and Nine Inch Nails.

The final option would see both Kayam and Steel Yard take place.

“The promoter’s preferred option, if only a single event, would be for Kayam, a music concert, which will take place over two consecutive weekends in June 2019, with an audience of 30,000,” the agenda read.

“This event also has the potential to rouse adverse reaction from local residents who will not be accustomed to the scale of an event such as this, as well as its timing in midsummer.

“However, it will also generate local employment opportunities, may appeal to many residents and will generate a substantial income for the forest.”

MAMA & Company Festivals is a London based company, with 50 staff and they have a long track record of delivering successful large-scale events including Lovebox, Citadel, Wilderness and The Great Escape.

“For all events, MAMA & Company undertake comprehensive event planning all of which will be scrutinised by experts in the City of London but also the Metropolitan Police Services, London Fire Brigade and the local authority Licencing officers before the event can be licensed,” it read.

“Large events introduce new audiences to the forest and can have an economic benefit to a local area, in this case the area would include the boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

“Benefits could include secondary spend, employment and trading opportunities and the wider visitor economy.

The enviromental impact will also be looked at.

More in-depth proposal on the committee’s prefered option will be presented at a meeting in November.

A City of London Corporation spokesman said:“The proposal to explore the possibility of holding trial music events on Wanstead Flats will go before the Epping Forest Consultative Committee on October 10.

“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.

“Members of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest & Commons Committee will meet on November 19 and if the trustees agree, in principle, that the event can be held on Epping Forest land, full public licensing consultation will be undertaken accordingly.

“Epping Forest is a registered charity and if the event were to go ahead, all surplus income would contribute towards the cost of managing Epping Forest.”

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