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Rumours of big name for a summer festival ; EVENT: PROMOTER TIGHTLIPPED OVER PLANNED GIG

October 23, 2013

YellowBrix

A two-day music event could be coming to Leicester's Victoria Park.

Entertainment company Live Nation UK has applied to the city council to use Victoria Park for two days next summer.

The company would not discuss any further details of its plans, but rumours are already circulating that a big name band could appear.

Music fans welcomed the news, which comes just over a month since it was announced that popular music festival Summer Sundae, which took place at nearby De Montfort Hall, would not return.

Jordan Birtles, 20, drummer for Leicester's six-piece alternative pop-reggae band By The Rivers, who played the final Summer Sundae weekender in 2012, said: It would be great if this went ahead.

There always needs to be something like this is Leicester - everybody loves a festival.

They give local and up-andcoming acts a chance to showcase their music, it is a massive platform for them.

We need a festival here, it's such a vibrant city. There are so many great acts in Leicester, it keeps us on the map - it would be a big waste of local talent not to hold festivals here. The application by Live Nation has been pinned to lampposts near to Victoria Park, for the public to view.

It suggests that the weekend festival could be held sometime between June 1 and August 1. The application includes the use of films, live music, recorded music and dance performances between 10am until 11pm from Sunday to Monday.

In addition to this, late-night refreshments have been applied for between 11pm and 11.59pm, as well as the supply of alcohol between 8am and 11pm, from Sunday to Monday.

Opening hours over the two days will be from 10am until 11.59pm.

A spokeswoman for Leicester City Council said: This will be a one- off event, held by an outside promoter.

They will make an announcement with further details about the festival when they are able to do so.

However, it is not being held as a replacement for Summer Sundae. Councillor Neil Clayton, who represents the Victoria Park and Clarendon Park area as member for the city's Castle Ward, said the city council's festivals and events unit is aware of a big name band being lined up for the festival, but could not offer any more details. It is an extremely big event and will involve a very wellknown band, he said.

At the moment, the details are confidential but it will come out very soon.

From an economic point of view, it will also be a very good event for the city.

We have to do all that we can to minimise disruption to residents in the area, but I really support having the festival.

It will be a great thing for Leicester and the local economy.

SOUNDS OF THE SUMMER WOULD YOU WELCOME A NEW CITY FESTIVAL? HAVE YOUR SAY... leicestermercury.co.uk

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