Vince Power amends application for Kilburn Irish festival following concerns

The festival would coincide with the Olympics and celebrate Irish culture

Music promoter Vince Power has amended an application to hold an Irish festival in Kilburn.

The Mean Fiddler founder wanted to hold The Feis Village 2012 festival between July 26 to August 12 in Kilburn Grange Park which would serve alcohol until 2am on the weekends, span 18 days and have a capacity of 5,000 people.

But the application to Camden Council has been slightly altered following concerns from residents living near the park.

Mr Power now plans to have the site cleared Monday to Thursday and on Sundays by 12.30am.

On Fridays and Saturdays, live music would finish by 11pm and background music and bars would close at 1am with the site cleared by 1.30am.

The site would open at 4pm each day to the public.

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The capacity would also be cut back to 2,600 including all staff and artists on site at any one time.

But residents still fear the festival could cause problems with traffic and parking as well as noise and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Mike Katz (Labour), ward councillor for Kilburn, attended a public meeting last week about The Feis. He said: “I don’t think residents left feeling too reassured.

“A wide range of concerns were aired - losing use of the park, the late hours of operation, noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour spilling over from the secure area, parking problems and crowd dispersal at closing time.

“Losing such a huge piece of our only local park in Kilburn at the height of the school holidays gives me real cause for concern - and that’s before you get onto the issues of noise, closing hours and policing the event.

“My fellow ward councillors Thomas Gardiner and Maryam Eslamdoust and I have put in an objection and we’ll be speaking up for residents at the Licensing Panel hearing next month.”

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.

The application will be heard at Camden Council on April 5.