Licence application for charity concert in Southampton with 1980s pop stars

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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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11:26am Mon 10 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert.

It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.
This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert. It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this. sotonboy84

12:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

louisa12 says...

how can they sell tickets if they havent got a licence ??
how can they sell tickets if they havent got a licence ?? louisa12

12:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sarfhampton2 says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert.

It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.
You dont have to go mate
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert. It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.[/p][/quote]You dont have to go mate Sarfhampton2

12:42pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sarfhampton2 says...

louisa12 wrote:
how can they sell tickets if they havent got a licence ??
What they do is apply once they know they are going to shift tickets, its a bit dodgy really when you think about it but it happens alot.
[quote][p][bold]louisa12[/bold] wrote: how can they sell tickets if they havent got a licence ??[/p][/quote]What they do is apply once they know they are going to shift tickets, its a bit dodgy really when you think about it but it happens alot. Sarfhampton2

12:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Sarfhampton2 wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert.

It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.
You dont have to go mate
I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out.

I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families.
[quote][p][bold]Sarfhampton2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert. It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.[/p][/quote]You dont have to go mate[/p][/quote]I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out. I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families. sotonboy84

1:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Sarfhampton2 wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert.

It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.
You dont have to go mate
I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out.

I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families.
It doesn't "affect" them. They don't have to go either. What exactly is the problem here? It's pretty common knowledge that some people can afford things that others cannot.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sarfhampton2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert. It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.[/p][/quote]You dont have to go mate[/p][/quote]I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out. I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families.[/p][/quote]It doesn't "affect" them. They don't have to go either. What exactly is the problem here? It's pretty common knowledge that some people can afford things that others cannot. gilbertratchet

1:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Mickey G says...

It's about time that we had more events like this in Southampton, looks like a great selection of artists from the 80's, yes there will be some noise, yes it's likely to be busy and yes it will bring much needed funds for Charity.
It's about time that we had more events like this in Southampton, looks like a great selection of artists from the 80's, yes there will be some noise, yes it's likely to be busy and yes it will bring much needed funds for Charity. Mickey G

3:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Brite Spark says...

I hope that thousands of whistles are handed out to kids to blow so that we can't hear the music.
I hope that thousands of whistles are handed out to kids to blow so that we can't hear the music. Brite Spark

4:25pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
Sarfhampton2 wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert.

It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.
You dont have to go mate
I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out.

I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families.
It doesn't "affect" them. They don't have to go either. What exactly is the problem here? It's pretty common knowledge that some people can afford things that others cannot.
Great attitude – as long as you're alright.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sarfhampton2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: This is a commercial venture with the term 'charity' used to help get a licence. How much exactly will be donated to charity – all profits? Should be as this is being marketed as a charity concert. It might also be aimed at families but an adult ticket for £42.12 and a 'posh toilet' ticket for £12.96 is certainly not cheap and not many families can afford this.[/p][/quote]You dont have to go mate[/p][/quote]I'm well aware of that but thanks for pointing it out. I don't have children either but still conscious of how the ticket prices will affect families in the city - considering the event is aimed at families.[/p][/quote]It doesn't "affect" them. They don't have to go either. What exactly is the problem here? It's pretty common knowledge that some people can afford things that others cannot.[/p][/quote]Great attitude – as long as you're alright. sotonboy84

4:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Leesylou67 says...

I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?
I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet? Leesylou67

5:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

North1 says...

This should be a really great event, looking forward to it, loving the VIP ticket as well. Anyway we need more events like this in Southampton. As for disturbing neighbours... It's in the day so what's the problem? 10pm is hardly late, plus the type of crowd in general at this type of event don't cause issues. hope it's a big success
This should be a really great event, looking forward to it, loving the VIP ticket as well. Anyway we need more events like this in Southampton. As for disturbing neighbours... It's in the day so what's the problem? 10pm is hardly late, plus the type of crowd in general at this type of event don't cause issues. hope it's a big success North1

5:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pap says...

Sad event from start to finish. They can't even get the name right. Bunch of faded 80s pop stars going to "rock" Southampton with their easy listening synth guff?

The only way these boys and girls could "rock" is if they came dressed as boulders.
Sad event from start to finish. They can't even get the name right. Bunch of faded 80s pop stars going to "rock" Southampton with their easy listening synth guff? The only way these boys and girls could "rock" is if they came dressed as boulders. pap

5:47pm Mon 10 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Leesylou67 wrote:
I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?
I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival.

I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day!
[quote][p][bold]Leesylou67[/bold] wrote: I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?[/p][/quote]I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival. I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day! camerajuan

6:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Leesylou67 says...

camerajuan wrote:
Leesylou67 wrote:
I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?
I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival.

I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day!
Thank you that's cleared that up then, I would go to the other one too if they get the licence.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leesylou67[/bold] wrote: I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?[/p][/quote]I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival. I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day![/p][/quote]Thank you that's cleared that up then, I would go to the other one too if they get the licence. Leesylou67

6:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

I hope this happens, will be nice to have something back on the common again other than rapists. Why did they ditch Power in the Park anyways?
I hope this happens, will be nice to have something back on the common again other than rapists. Why did they ditch Power in the Park anyways? 03alpe01

6:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Leesylou67 says...

Leesylou67 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Leesylou67 wrote:
I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?
I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival.

I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day!
Thank you that's cleared that up then, I would go to the other one too if they get the licence.
I have checked, I definitely have tickets for Lets Rock Southampton on 12th July which is the date this article is referring to!
[quote][p][bold]Leesylou67[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leesylou67[/bold] wrote: I bought 2 tickets in November, how can we be sold tickets if the organisers haven't even got a licence yet?[/p][/quote]I think those will be for Lets Rock in the Common. This is for a different potential festival. I'll be at Lets Rock! Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Go West The Real Thing, That bloke from Haircut 100 that everyone's big sister fancied! What a day![/p][/quote]Thank you that's cleared that up then, I would go to the other one too if they get the licence.[/p][/quote]I have checked, I definitely have tickets for Lets Rock Southampton on 12th July which is the date this article is referring to! Leesylou67

8:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SandraH14 says...

I think its a brilliant idea. Put Southampton on the map in a good way. I'm 50 and can't wait to get down on the day
I think its a brilliant idea. Put Southampton on the map in a good way. I'm 50 and can't wait to get down on the day SandraH14

2:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

southamptonfestivals says...

Great to see the Common coming back as a space for outdoor concerts - or any event - in the city. We hope the City Council grants the licence as it will bring in visitors and add to what we already have in the city. There's bound to be objections, there always are, but let's face it - a few hours on one day in a year when it may be a bit noisy. The Common is pretty out of the way, and the Council's excellent Events staff, together with other Departments and agencies are really good at making sure big events are well managed whoever is running them, and any inconvenience whether noise, traffic, litter or whatever, is minimised.

As a city we should be welcoming events, the people who run them, and the people who go to them. Or I suppose we could live in a city where nothing happens and no-one ever wants to visit......
Great to see the Common coming back as a space for outdoor concerts - or any event - in the city. We hope the City Council grants the licence as it will bring in visitors and add to what we already have in the city. There's bound to be objections, there always are, but let's face it - a few hours on one day in a year when it may be a bit noisy. The Common is pretty out of the way, and the Council's excellent Events staff, together with other Departments and agencies are really good at making sure big events are well managed whoever is running them, and any inconvenience whether noise, traffic, litter or whatever, is minimised. As a city we should be welcoming events, the people who run them, and the people who go to them. Or I suppose we could live in a city where nothing happens and no-one ever wants to visit...... southamptonfestivals

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