Fury as Corby festival gets green light

A Take That tribute band will be playing at the Bootleg Festival in Corby
A Take That tribute band will be playing at the Bootleg Festival in Corby
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Residents are furious after Corby councillors gave the go-ahead for a three-day music festival, despite fears over noise, traffic congestion and anti-social behaviour.

The Ultimate Bootleg festival, which kicks-off tomorrow, is being held at St Patrick’s School playing fields in the town.

The council’s liquor licensing panel met yesterday to discuss an application for a premises licence for the site after dozens of residents objected to the event.

After hearing residents’ concerns, the panel gave permission for the event on condition no alcohol is sold or consumed on the site, first aiders must be in attendance, there will be adequate parking and the event is monitored for noise and the numbers attending.

Corby councillor John McGhee, who represented residents at the meeting, said: “I am extremely disappointed with the decision. It will be a living hell for residents.”

The festival will include top tribute acts on Saturday and Sunday, as well as events at the nearby Grampian Club and Irish Centre.

Hugh McFadyen, of Thomas Close, said: “It’s the wrong venue. The parking problems will be horrendous.”

Festival organiser Steve Foley added: “It will be more school fete than Glastonbury.”