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Sheffield is getting a new music festival in Hillsborough Park

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Music promoters associated with the Arctic Monkeys have been granted a licence for a new multi-day festival in Hillsborough Park.

Sheffield Council ’s licensing sub committee approved the plans in a meeting yesterday.

SJM Concerts – who as well as the Arctic Monkeys, have worked with big names including Billie Eilish and Stormzy – asked to be licensed for an event covering a maximum of three days between May and September in either 2023 or 2024.

The working title of the event is ‘City of Sheffield Music, Interaction and Culture’, COSMIC, and specific dates of 2nd and 3rd of June 2023 were proposed.

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SJM said there would be up to 39,999 attendees each day plus staff and contractors and live music would take place between 4pm and 10.30pm.

Councillor Joe Otten, member of the committee, said: “I’m happy that we could grant a licence for another music festival in Sheffield. Music is one of our city’s strengths and the festivals bring us joy.

“But I am also sympathetic to nearby residents to Hillsborough Park who may not appreciate the nuisance and seem to be getting more than their fair share of it, and potentially losing the normal use of their local park for large parts of the summer. I’ve suggested that the council consider using more venues so that the whole burden doesn’t fall on Hillsborough residents.”

There were three formal objections to the application.

One objector, Simon Benton, said: “The disruption and noise it would cause as well as the loss of public space for a significant amount of time makes it unacceptable in my opinion. Sheffield has enough designated venues to hold these sorts of things without having to use residential areas. Hillsborough Park has houses so close to it people have reported windows shaking when Tramlines is on, to put the local people through this more than once a year is not acceptable.”

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Julie Birch, another objector, said: “I accept that the park hosts certain events but another intrusive pop concert is completely over-the-top.”

Matt Proctor, licensing officer at the council, said in a report that SJM agreed to a number of conditions to prevent things such as disruption to local residents and crime and ensure safety for the public.

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