Upminster festival scrapped over licence row

�The organisers of a music festival set to take place in Upminster have been left �30,000 out of pocket after they were forced to cancel over fears for public safety.

The Uproar Mega Festival, which was planned for August 31 to September 2 at Stubbers Activity Centre in Ockendon Road, was cancelled at short notice when their temporary events licence was rejected at a meeting last Friday.

Giverny Gallagher, who was due to perform with her band My Heroine said: “I am completely gutted.

“I am sad that we won’t be playing, but most of all I am upset for the organisers because they put a lot of work and effort into it.”

The three day festival was set to include 100 bands performing over four stages, with money raised from one of the stages going to the Pancreatic Cancer Trust.

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During the licensing meeting, objections were raised by PC Dave Fern, Havering Police Licensing Officer and Marc Gasson, environmental health noise specialist.

Objections included a lack of measures to control the crowd, fears the event may attract drugs and drug dealing, and staff ratio.

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On Friday, organisers enlisted the help of the bands lined up to perform to find an alternative venue at short notice, but on Saturday a sign went up on the website saying that the festival had been cancelled.

It read: “Our apologies to those who gave up their time to make it happen, to those who helped by purchasing advance tickets and those who supported what could have been a great family event.”

Those who bought tickets are set to be given a full refund, the organisers have also vowed to put the festival on next year, but say that it won’t be in Havering.

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