Vince Power confident over Hop Farm license

Festival boss defiant despite council set back

Vince Power confident over Hop Farm license

Photographer: Peter Corkhill18 November 2008

Plans for the three-day festival, due to take place at Hop Farm in Kent, from 3-5 July 2009, were thrown out earlier this week by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.

The planning committee claimed not enough information was supplied for areas such as traffic plans and security camping, following concerns from local residents. 

But Power, the former boss of Mean Fiddler, has launched an appeal against the decision and is adament the festival will still take place.

He said: “This seems to be the normality these days when applying for a licence. We had some complaints from the local village, which seem to be unfounded.

"I have been organising events and festivals for 25 years, from events at the Mean Fiddler such as The Reading and Leeds Festival to my involvement with Glastonbury and many other events.

"I have a good track record in this sector, as do the team I use. I am confident of obtaining the licence for increased capacity at the appeal in January.”

An appeal hearing date has been set for 21 January. Hop Farm Festival started out this year as a one-day festival headlined by Neil Young.

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