Live events industry
The 10,000 capacity Celtic Blue Rock Festival in PembrokEshire, Wales, which has previously been included in a top 20 list of alternative UK festivals to visit has had its licence revoked, amid concerns about public safety. It follows a meeting of Pembrokeshire Council’s sub-licensing committee which was told there was inadequate management and poor organisation. Dyfed-Powys Police urged the council to revoke the premises licence, citing drug and alcohol abuse as dangers to the public. Organisers of the event now intend to appeal against the decision, which they say was taken without allowing proper representations from their committee. The annual event in Llanfyrnach was criticised by health and safety officers who had attended last summer’s three-day event. They said that when visiting the site, they spotted potential hazards and were not provided with electrical certificates before revellers arrived on site. Other issues included emergency access, traffic management and use of police resources and lighting. A report from the licensing committee said: “There is evidence of repeated non-compliance with a number of conditions which have been imposed over the years, a number of which have been agreed to through mediation but which have not been adhered to.” It went on to say there is a “distinct lack of improvement” to the running of the event in the last five years.