Big crowd expected at weekend music festival

The industrial sounds of techno and electronica music will ring out this weekend as the Illusive Festival comes to Eggington.

More than 1,250 party-lovers will flock to the sell-out music fest on Friday to Sunday (September 5-7), which is situated in a field opposite Peck’s Farm shop on Hockliffe Road. A large campsite nearby will be open to them until Monday evening.

Organisers for the show stated on their website that it the event was: “Born from the roots of over a decade of Underground Club nights and European events. Illusive Festival merges together some of the finest sound systems across the South East and Europe.”

The event features over 30 acts performing on four themed stages, including a huge outdoor dance arena, an industrial graffiti zone, an Aztec wilderness and a magical floral wonderland.

The festival will also feature a silent disco, with dancers listening to three different audio feeds through earphones.

Organisers requested festival-goers come to the site via Leighton Buzzard, as the possibility of heavy traffic going through Eggington was causing some concern.

A Central Beds Council spokesman said: “The council has been working closely with the festival organisers, Bedfordshire Police and other agencies since the licence application was submitted in February, and a licence was subsequently issued with a number of conditions around issues such as event safety, and managing the impact of traffic and noise on residents living near the festival site.

“Specifically around noise, there is a national Code of Practice that we required the event organisers to follow which determines how loud the event can be, and we required them to put in place things like their own noise monitoring so they can turn the volume down if need be as well as having a complaints procedure for local residents.

“We will be visiting the site when it opens to the public on Friday to look at the event safety arrangements which are in place, and we will be checking noise levels on Friday and Saturday nights.”

News of the festival has provoked a mixed response on Facebook.

One person said: “Do they not realise that people live less than 2 minutes from that field what kind of idiot gave permission for that! Just what we need an already over populated town with 3500 extra space cadets making a racket all weekend.”

However another responded: “Y r u all complaining. It’s a festival. They usually give people an opportunity to experience something they wouldn’t normally and socialise with friends. It’s once a year, surely one weekend can be tolerated. U should go try it if your sceptical. U mite enjoy urself,. Just saying.”

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