Knebworth music festival Eastern Electrics ‘a big boost to the economy’

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:49 09 August 2013

An aerial shot of the Eastern Electrics 2013 Festival at Knebworth Park [Picture: NPAS Boreham]

An aerial shot of the Eastern Electrics 2013 Festival at Knebworth Park [Picture: NPAS Boreham]

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THE Eastern Electrics festival at Knebworth Park was hailed as a success and a boon for the economy, but was not welcomed in all quarters.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Knebworth Estates, praised organisers as she said “all went according to plans, the visitors’ feedback has been very positive, and licensing objectives and conditions [were] met”.

She told the WHT: “For a first-time event we felt it went very well.

“There are always areas of improvement with any event, and we will be having a debrief meeting with the authorities to go through everything.

“The event has been a great economic stimulus for the surrounding community and by supplying local contacts we keep as much spend in the local economy as possible.”

But not everyone was so welcoming of the three-day house and techno extravaganza, which had dance music playing until 6am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

North Herts District Council (NHDC) confirmed it had received nine complaints during the festival and 14 after it ended at 10pm on Sunday.

The council also said event organisers had fielded 49 noise-related complaints during the weekend on the 0800 number set up by them as a condition of the licence.


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