Noise complaints after all-night Knebworth music festival

PUBLISHED: 18:40 03 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:46 09 August 2013

Eastern Electrics Festival site at Knebworth

Eastern Electrics Festival site at Knebworth


ANGRY residents kept awake all night by electronic music from the Eastern Electrics 2013 festival at Knebworth Park have complained about the noise.

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The three-day underground house and techno extravaganza kicked off in the grounds of Knebworth House yesterday (Friday) at 2pm, with dance music continuing through the night until 6am.

The music will continue today through to 6am tomorrow (Sunday), with the third and final day of the event lasting from 2pm to 10pm.

While the thousands of revellers inside the Hertfordshire park enjoyed the festival on the first day, the all-night party didn’t go down so well with some of those kept awake in the early hours of the morning.

People in Stevenage complained about the noise and the music could even be heard in Watton-at-Stone.

"please turn that racket down I need my beauty sleep!!!!! #boring #boomboom "

Jamie Drackford (@drackers) on Twitter

North Herts District Council, which granted the festival its licence, has set up a call line on 0800 310 1544 for complaints about the late-night noise.

Jeremy Williams (@jezzajwilliams) tweeted the Welwyn Hatfield Times to say: “Do we have to put up with this again tonight, 6am is taking the pee! Hardly slept all night.”

Also on the micro-blogging site, Graham Southey (@Graham_Southey) tweeted today: “1am & still can hear music from #easternelectric. One phrase springs to mind. OUT OF ORDER!”

And Jamie Drackford (@drackers) tweeted: “please turn that racket down I need my beauty sleep!!!!! #boring #boomboom”

"@SharonStevenage @whtimes @NorthHertsDC its a music festival, it happens once a year, give over!"

Come On The Arsenal (@k4yn3r) on Twitter

Jon Moore (@JonnyRMoore) was more against the genre of music than Knebworth House hosting concerts. He tweeted: “Same noise complaints year after year, at least Sonisphere finished at a reasonable hour & the music was good! #easternelectrics”

Knebworth has a rich history in promoting rock concerts, with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Oasis and Robbie Williams all playing the legendary outdoor venue.

And not everyone was against this weekend’s electro event. Deborah Segalini (@Debsalini) tweeted: “didn’t hear more than thunder-like thuds. Only complaint from me is that I could not be there!”

And Emma Hughes Webb (@emwebb77) backed the Hertfordshire stately home staging events, tweeting: “well i think its great that festivals want to come to knebworth. I live in bedwell & it was loud but not for dance music!!!”

Michele Copeman (@glitzytalons) tweeted: “heard in Chells, but small price to pay to have beautiful knebworth house. They need a income, and its only 3 nights.”

While Chrissy Russell (@chrissyyy123) said on Twitter: “people need to stop their whining! The noise was as bad as sonisphere, but it’s only for 3 days in the year.”

Luke Caton (@LukeCaton1) was in agreement, tweeting: “some people need to get a grip, 3 days out of 365 days isn’t really that bad. #easternelectrics”

And Anthony Moule (@TonyMoule47) tweeted: “@whtimes @EElectrics Not heard a sound! And as it’s been a regular thing for 40 yrs why the sudden uproar? Lighten up everyone!”

The Eastern Electrics 2013 festival at KnebworthThe Eastern Electrics 2013 festival at Knebworth

Festival-goers who attended the event on Friday raved about the festival’s first day in Knebworth.

Hannah Houtman (@hannahhoutman) tweeted: @EElectrics was absolutely ridiculous yesterday... why am I not there for the weekend?! #getmeback”

While Conor Charles (@ConorChalmers) tweeted: “@EElectrics didn’t disappoint last night... Still two days left!”

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