Local band the Lightning Seeds who were due to play at the Hope & Glory Festival have now moved to the Zanzibar this evening
I recklessly did a none-political, hopefully amusing blog this morning which I concluded by saying that ‘Normal Service’ would be resumed soon. I didn’t know how soon until I started getting phone calls from journalists and others about the abandoned ‘Hope & Glory’ Festival. I had seen the chaos of yesterday but had not picked up until about midday that this event had been totally cancelled. I had assumed that lessons would have been learnt from yesterday and that today would go smoothly. However the organisers seem to have totally disappeared leaving a curt response on their web site that today’s event just was not happening.
No doubt the council will blame everyone in sight for the failure of this event and it must be acknowledged that this was not a council run event. BUT the council has to take responsibility in a number of ways for events like this not least because it owns all the land that the events was staged on and is the licensing and safety authority.
That’s why I have asked the following questions.
Finally, thanks from me to all the organisers and venues who rallied round to put things on for the thousands of disappointed people. The businesses of Liverpool worked hard at very short notice to try and give the punters some value for money.
10 Questions about the Abandoned Hope & Glory Festival
To Liverpool City Council
Will a full report on the problems for this festival be undertaken and will it be made public?
If it is not going to be produced or the report is not going to be made public please explain why.
If it is to be produced and published will it include:
- Details of the background checks on the organisers and their company and who conducted them and how.
- Details of the assessment of the ability of the arrangements being made by the Company to handle the anticipated number of up to 12,000 on each day.
- Details of the assessments of toilet, health and safety facilities and personnel.
- Details of any publicity that the Council issues or assisted with which might have given the impression that this was a council supported event.
- Details of the insurance for public liability etc of the organisers
- Details of all costs levied up to and including the event by the council and whether they are paid.
- Details of any contingency liability which might arise to the council from contractors to remove the fencing, staging and sound systems to allow normal free access to the site.
- What number of people was the site licensed for? How was this figure calculated? What checks were made by the council as to numbers allowed in? Why did the Police feel the need to ban sales at the ticket office on Saturday?
- What arrangements were made to protect the listed features of the Garden area?
- What arrangements were made to ensure that disabled people were allowed to access the three permanent facilities on William Brown Street while this event has been assembled, run and taken down?