Fate of three-day summer music festival now uncertain

A new music festival in Clitheroe Castle grounds? (s)
A new music festival in Clitheroe Castle grounds? (s)

Doubt has been cast over the fate of a three-day music festival that was set to take place in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle this summer.

Organisers of the Summer Days Festival for which headline acts including Simply Red and Jools Holland have already been confirmed will find out in the next few days if their application for a licence for the event has been granted.

Around a dozen residents, who live close to Clitheroe Castle, attended a meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s licensing committee yesterday (Friday) citing their concerns over parking, noise pollution and anti-social behaviour.

They complained about the festival’s organisers lack of transparency and said they were “horrified” to hear organisers were now applying to hold up to eight more three-day events per year in the castle grounds, a request they subsequently reduced.

The festival is due to take place on Wednesday, July 6th and Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th.

One of the festival’s organisers John Tyrrell said around 3,000 tickets have already been sold and that if they are denied the licence they would look at staging the festival in an alternative location.

For the full story with comments from the organisers and residents pick up a copy of this Thursday’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.