An electronic music festival in a south London park is set to get even bigger despite revelers pooping in locals’ gardens. Lewisham Council has approved event promoter Krankbrother’s bid to allow an additional 4,000 ravers to attend the Naked City Festival at Beckenham Place Park.
The promoter can now allow up to 12,000 people to attend events at Lewisham’s largest park. It will be allowed to organize festivals there over two consecutive weekends between May and September.
Residents living nearby complained that revelers used their front gardens as toilets when the festival first took place in 2019. Locals also said they suffered from anti-social behavior and littering. People living several miles from the park complained that they heard drum and bass music during the event.
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Cllr Stephen Wells, a Conservative member of Copers Cope in nearby Bromley, said he was not convinced Krankbrother could control the extra attendees. Speaking at a licensing meeting in Lewisham on April 28, he said: “The problem here is the increase in numbers. You are looking at a variation of 8,000 to 12,000. I cannot see from the experience of 2019 that currently I have confidence in Krankbrother’s ability to actually organize and control an increase in numbers.
“I have a problem with your 2019 event…especially the first event – the Naked City event. We could definitely hear it from many miles away in 2019. really inherent in the name. Anti-social behavior, defecation, urination in front yards of residents was common. Littering, other anti-social behavior from those – especially leaving the event – was prominent.
But Krankbrother manager Kieran Clancy said he had received praise from Lewisham council for handling previous events at the park. He said: “We have been holding events at Beckenham Place Park since 2019 and I have had very positive feedback from local authorities. Events feature international DJs and live acts.
“The audience is mostly young people aged around 18-35. In our opinion, the application should be allowed. Krankbrother has a strong track record of organizing successful events at Beckenham Place Park and other parks in the Greater London area.”
Lewisham Council said it was pleased the developer had taken steps to reduce noise and prevent anti-social behavior since the 2019 event. A decision posted online following the April 28 permit meeting will reads: “Krankbrother has identified noise as a major issue for residents, so a new noise management plan has been created to help reduce local disturbance. The auto regime imposes a low frequency limit. The site design had changed, monitoring locations had increased, and speaker output would be reduced.
“It was also noted that complaints had been received from local residents who had experienced anti-social behavior, defecation and urination in residents’ front gardens during events held in 2019. More policing and musters in the area were necessary. The closure of several roads around the park was welcomed to alleviate the parking problem for residents.