Inquest into Winchester festival death as BoomTown licence reviewed

Daily Echo: Inquest into festival death as BoomTown licence reviewed Inquest into festival death as BoomTown licence reviewed

THE landowner of a major Hampshire music festival looks set to push for increased noise levels.

Licensing chiefs met in Winchester yesterday to review Peveril Bruce’s licence to stage events at his Matterley Bowl estate, just outside Winchester, following several noise-related breaches at last year’s BoomTown festival.

The meeting heard that noise complaints dropped from 80 in 2012 to 12 in 2013 and Mr Bruce’s licence was renewed, with some further conditions attached, such as producing a post-event evaluation report each year.

The committee gathers again today to consider the licence of BoomTown themselves, who want to increase capacity from 30,000 in 2013, to 38,000 this year, and to 45,000 in 2015 and 49,999 in 2016.

That meeting coincides with the inquest today of Eleanor Rowe, 18, from Glastonbury, who died at BoomTown on August 8 last year. The possible cause is ketamine and alcohol toxicity.

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