Concerns raised over plans by Vince Power to hold three-week Irish festival in Kilburn park
Mean Fiddler founder’s Feis Village will coincide with the Olympics
Music promoter Vince Power wants to hold a three-week Irish festival in Kilburn which will serve alcohol until 2am at the weekends.
Spanning 18 days – from July 26 to August 12 – The Feis Village 2012 will coincide with the Olympics and offer a centre for Irish culture and entertainment.
However, residents fear the festival in Kilburn Grange Park would cause problems with traffic and parking as well as noise and anti-social behaviour.
In a letter to the community, Mr Power wrote: “This will be a cultural event that will consist of music, comedy, children’s entertainment, food and licensed bars.
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“The event will run during the Olympic period with the focus on bringing the local community and beyond together to celebrate this momentous occasion.”
But June Perrin, spokeswoman for Kilburn Neighbourhood Watch and Kilburn Pensioners’ Association, said: “I think it is a terrible idea. It has taken us years to get rid of the park drinkers.
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“The festival is planned for the middle of the summer when children are off school. Where will they go?”
James King, a former Liberal Democrat councillor and Kilburn resident, said: “A music festival on this large scale is completely unsuitable for a small, local community park.”
A Big Top tent with the capacity for 5,000 ticket holders would be built in the middle of the park.
The site would open at 11am on most days and live music would finish 11pm.
However, food and drink would be served until 2am on Friday and Saturdays.
Cllr Mike Katz (Labour), ward councillor for Kilburn, said: “At the moment I am inclined to object to the application but I am meeting with Mr Power this week when I will speak to him face to face about residents’ concerns.”
Mr Power, who owns Powers Bar in Kilburn High Road, launched himself into the promotion industry by opening the legendary Mean Fiddler in Harlesden during the 1980s.