Bridgwater music festival plans rejected by police

Tom Yeo outside the Bridgwater YMCA where he planned to hold the music festival

Tom Yeo outside the Bridgwater YMCA where he planned to hold the music festival

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PLANS for a music festival this year in Bridgwater are in ruins after police rejected the proposal due to concerns about “public safety”.

Tom Yeo has been trying to organise a music event at the YMCA in Bridgwater for August 31 but it now looks as though he’ll have to abandon his idea.

The event would have been targeted at young people between the ages of 16-25 and would feature both big name bands and smaller local bands so they could get exposure.

Tom said: “I had a meeting with the YMCA and a meeting with the lady who runs the sheltered accommodation next door and we all agreed on plans and that it could be held there.

“But the plan got rejected by the police. It’s probably not going to happen at all to be honest.”

Tom held a similar music festival at the Bridgwater Rugby Club on August 31, 2013 called Morbid Mashup.

Tom said: “Last year’s was a huge success. About 300 young people came in.

“I chose to bring it to the YMCA so we can expand it. The whole building would be loaned out and it’s perfect for what I am trying to do.

“I thought this could be the rebirth of an actual music scene in Bridgwater – something to build on for future years.”

In their formal objection to the proposals, the police said: “We have concerns regarding public safety and also protection of children from harm concerning under-18 year olds who live at the premises and how the area will be contained.”

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10:38pm Mon 24 Feb 14

grisleyreg says...

This is in a residential area and not the place for a music festival anyway.
This is in a residential area and not the place for a music festival anyway. grisleyreg
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12:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

frags27 says...

Maybe it would be better situated in the middle of a field away away from residents who would have to put up with 300 people making their way there, and lots of noise in what is a very residental area. Or maybe at least ask the residents if they mind having a one off music night also how about donating some of the money made from it to a charity like the flood appeal. I don't just mean give the money back to the YMCA not sure from the article if any money is going back to the YMCA? Nobody is saying don't have it just consider where you intending to hold it also why limit it to just a young age range, 16-25. What would happen then if I said I want a music festival held that is for over 30's there would be outrage if I excluded the young.
Maybe it would be better situated in the middle of a field away away from residents who would have to put up with 300 people making their way there, and lots of noise in what is a very residental area. Or maybe at least ask the residents if they mind having a one off music night also how about donating some of the money made from it to a charity like the flood appeal. I don't just mean give the money back to the YMCA not sure from the article if any money is going back to the YMCA? Nobody is saying don't have it just consider where you intending to hold it also why limit it to just a young age range, 16-25. What would happen then if I said I want a music festival held that is for over 30's there would be outrage if I excluded the young. frags27
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3:17am Wed 26 Feb 14

Three Pots Derek says...

frags27 wrote:
Maybe it would be better situated in the middle of a field away away from residents who would have to put up with 300 people making their way there, and lots of noise in what is a very residental area. Or maybe at least ask the residents if they mind having a one off music night also how about donating some of the money made from it to a charity like the flood appeal. I don't just mean give the money back to the YMCA not sure from the article if any money is going back to the YMCA? Nobody is saying don't have it just consider where you intending to hold it also why limit it to just a young age range, 16-25. What would happen then if I said I want a music festival held that is for over 30's there would be outrage if I excluded the young.
Well Said. If the residents don't object then what's the problem the youngsters these days need something to look forward to. The Carnival is still allowed and the Fair and they are both risks to public safety. Although I am some years past the age range mentioned I think this would be GOOD for Bridgwater. Come on it's only for one night.
[quote][p][bold]frags27[/bold] wrote: Maybe it would be better situated in the middle of a field away away from residents who would have to put up with 300 people making their way there, and lots of noise in what is a very residental area. Or maybe at least ask the residents if they mind having a one off music night also how about donating some of the money made from it to a charity like the flood appeal. I don't just mean give the money back to the YMCA not sure from the article if any money is going back to the YMCA? Nobody is saying don't have it just consider where you intending to hold it also why limit it to just a young age range, 16-25. What would happen then if I said I want a music festival held that is for over 30's there would be outrage if I excluded the young.[/p][/quote]Well Said. If the residents don't object then what's the problem the youngsters these days need something to look forward to. The Carnival is still allowed and the Fair and they are both risks to public safety. Although I am some years past the age range mentioned I think this would be GOOD for Bridgwater. Come on it's only for one night. Three Pots Derek
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