Three thousand reggae and dub fans are expected to coverge near Leighton Buzzard as hundreds of international artists fly in to perform at a three-day music festival.
The seventh annual UK One Love Festival takes place over the weekend of August 15-17 – hosted for the first time at Stockwell Farm,Leighton Road, Eggington.
After spending six years in south east of England, festival organisers say One Love has moved to a more geographically central location with good transport links – and tickets are selling at unprecedented levels. Among the acts over four stages will be Cocoa Tea, John Holt, Wailing Souls, Cornell Campbell with Soothsayers, Macka B, Michael Prophet , Brushy One String, Jesse Royal, Apache Indian and Addis Pablo.
As a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life, there will be a live music stage in his honour where up-and-coming new bands and musicians have a chance to perform among bigger names. There will also be a dedicated children’s area, market stalls, crafts and walk-about performances throughout the weekend, with food cuisine from around the world to taste.
One Love Festival’s inception in 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of reggae legend Bob Marley’s concert of the same name in 1978 .
Dan said: “The event grows year on year, and now has no fewer than six different arenas. Being the only UK reggae camping festival in UK makes it a very special occasion each year with a friendly and chilled vibe. As the day rolls on the carnival ethos gradually seeps in and the festival transforms into a true Jamaican style celebration.
“For all those who love the sounds of the Caribbean, this is your chance to experience the taste too with a huge range of catering outlets providing authentic soul food to fill your belly. Also expect an array of independent stall holders selling crafts, clothing, cultural items and most importantly records, so you can take some of the music home.”
Dan Wiltshire, festival managing director, said the event had a six-year unblemished incident-free track record.
Dan, who was born in Aylesbury and grew up in Tring, said: “It’s actually great to be doing something really cultural and creative in a area was born in.
“I moved away when we were kids and went on further to study degree in Music Industry Management in High Wycombe and am very proud to be coming back helping the local economy and doing this event here .
Dan added that the festival had an experienced noise consultant on board who had conducted lots on site tests and studies.
He said: “We be sticking within council noise limits set by them and we will be measuring noise levels constantly throughout the show at noise sensitive areas. We are also installing sound buffering walls around noise outlets and using sound directional technology.
“Live music will finish at 11pm and with quieter entertainment in marquees after that.”
For residents fearer traffic problems, Dan pointed out that the festival had never previously had a problem with traffic build up.
He said: “We don’t expect more then 300 to 500 cars. These arrive usually throughout the day on Friday and disperse throughout Sunday and Monday. We have a comprehensive traffic management plan and team in place with clear directions for drivers and public alike.”
A spokesman for Central Beds Council said prior to the licence being granted, site meetings had been held between council officials, the police and the event organisers to discuss the event proposals in detail.
He added that the council and police were continuing to liaise with the event organisers regarding their event safety management arrangements for the festival.
“In particular, the council’s public protection team are involved in on-going discussions with the event noise consultant regarding the development of their noise management plan for the event, whilst the council’s highways team are also in discussions with the event organiser regarding the development of their traffic management plan for the event.”
For further information visit www.onelovefestival.co.uk
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