Organisers of the Lytham Festival have said that, understandably, there has been a lot of interest regarding the recent application for a variation to the premises license for this year’s shows. A Spokesperson for the Festival wishes to answer those queries which will give the license application some further context.
- The current license permits 19,999 people into the festival site. To have just one more person on site, the next bracket of license is 20,000 – 29,999.
- For the 2023 festival it is intended to have up to 24,500 attendees on 2 nights of the festival. In order to achieve this the backstage infrastructure has been relocated and the VIP Lounge marquee has been removed. Following a review of 2023 with the local authority Safety Advisory Group (SAG) overall site capacity will be reviewed.
- Organisers of Lytham Festival are subject to sign off of the event by the Safety Advisory Group. This group, chaired by the local authority consists of emergency services, health & safety officials, environmental health, building control, licensing and many other professional bodies. Each event, regardless of the license or permissions in place has to be agreed and signed off by this group. This process is in place to ensure the safety of everyone both working on and attending the event. The process is entirely separate from the organisers of the event and the group has the jurisdiction to stop the event if they had cause for concern about the health, safety and well-being of anyone attending or anyone working on the event.
- Following the event, each year, the organisers reinstate the green with seeding, soiling and making good any damage. This cost is met entirely by the organisers.
The festival is successful because of the support from the local community and businesses. We realise that with additional capacity, challenges may arise and we are happy to discuss these, as we always have done, with local residents.
Despite the applications for the Festival license being submitted by Live Nation, organisers Daniel Cuffe & Peter Taylor (Cuffe & Taylor) are still very much in day to day charge of the festival and personally responsible for its success.
Any feedback or requests for a chat can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org – this is of course separate to anyone wishing to make representations to the licensing committee (in support or objection) to the current application.