10,000 set to attend new music festival

By Chris Betteley in Planning

A NEW Bala festival which is set to attract up to 10,000 people, will go ahead in August after a licence was granted by Gwynedd Council – despite objections from residents and businesses that it would ruin the area’s tranquillity and beauty, and impact on road safety.

The Snowdonia Outdoor Festival will be at Llyn Tegid, from Friday, 11 August, to Sunday, 13 August this year.

Gwynedd’s Central licensing sub committee granted the festival, which will feature music and outdoor activities, a premises licence, subject to conditions.

Objections to the licence were received “from four individuals who reside or run camping businesses near the proposed festival site”, a Gwynedd report said.

Objectors said that the event is located in a “quiet rural area, very close to camping sites that will be full of families coming to enjoy the area’s tranquillity and beauty”, with “concerns that the noise and floodlights will cause nuisance to camping residents”.

With up to 10,000 visitors over the August weekend, concern was expressed that the “significant increase in traffic and the pressure to secure sufficient parking, would create traffic difficulties in an already busy period”, and “would create road safety problems and safety problems for campers”.

The organisers, Brand Events, are hoping it will become an annual fixture. It will feature headline music acts Scouting for Girls, the Lightning Seeds and Toploader.

Heledd Roberts, of Bala Business Association, said the festival will appeal to a “wide range of people and age groups locally and further afield and attract lots of visitors”.

“This is very positive news,” she said.

Read the full story in today’s Meirionnydd edition of the Cambrian News

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