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Licence application for charity concert in Southampton with 1980s pop stars
Updated 12:07pm Thursday 13th February 2014 in News
They are among the biggest stars of the 80s, selling millions of records.
Now a string of pop stars are set to take to the stage in Southampton in a major concert on the city’s Common.
Next week the team behind the Let’s Rock! Concert will apply to city bosses for a licence for the event, due to take place in the summer.
The organisers must convince the city council to hand them a licence for the festival.
Organisers Matt Smith and Nick Billinghurst will present their case at Thursday’s meeting of the licensing committee at the Civic Centre.
The concert is likely to recreate the scenes on Southampton Common during the 1990s and the early part of the 2000s when thousands of people annually converged for Power in the Park.
In more recent years, artists like Southampton-born Craig David performed, as well as bands including McFly and Busted, and singer Will Young, before the event was shelved at the end of 2005.
Stars such as Billy Ocean, Level 42 and Tony Hadley are set to perform at this year’s one-day spectacular on July 12.
The family-friendly event would also feature Bananarama, Heaven 17, Go West and Midge Ure.
As well as a main stage for music, there would also be a children’s zone and stalls at the site, which is in the “flats” area of the Common at its southern end.
And some of the takings from the day will go to charity through a partnership with Child Bereavement UK.
In their application, Mr Smith and Mr Billinghurst have applied for live music to be performed from 11am to 10.30pm.
They have also applied for alcohol to be served at the event from 11.30am to 10pm.
They have previously run similar events elsewhere in the country, such as Let’s Rock the Moor in Berkshire, Let’s Rock! Bristol and the Penn Festival in Buckinghamshire.
In their application they say that the event is a “family-friendly 80s festival” aimed at people aged 30 or older, and their children.
They say that a “noise management plan” would be in place throughout the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale now at letsrocksouthampton.co.uk.
One nearby resident – Charlotte Scott-Beveridge, from Atherley Court – has objected to the festival.
In her objection, she said: “The noise created by the bands is likely to be excessive for local residents throughout this day and up until 10.30pm, and this type of concert should not be held adjacent to a residential area.
“This is likely to result in an unreasonable disturbance for local residents.”
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