Music festival at Bolton Abbey just a rumour

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Rumours of a music festival at Bolton Abbey over the busy Tour de France weekend this summer have been scotched by the North Yorkshire country estate.

The Bolton Abbey Estate has confirmed no music festival will take place this year – after a public meeting in Addingham heard rumours of a 60,000 capacity pop festival planned for early July.

A meeting in the village last week brought together Bradford Council emergency planning officers and others involved in planning around the visit of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, with about 160 residents.

Residents raised concerns about road closures and other inconvenience expected to be caused by the prestigious race coming through the area. The Grand Depart will visit Addingham twice, on July 5 and 6.

But villagers were also worried to hear claims there had been talks about a pop festival at Bolton Abbey over the weekend, expected to bring in tens of thousands of people.

They feared the festival could bring massive road congestion and disruption as festivalgoers add to the many cycling fans expected to descend on Wharfedale for the weekend.

The meeting heard music promoter Festival Republic, which runs the major Reading and Leeds festivals, had been involved in talks. But a spokesman for Festival Republic says there are no such plans from the company.

And Bolton Abbey Estate has confirmed no music festival will take place there this year.

However, Coun Naylor says other aspects of the Tour de France visit arrangements are also causing frustration for Addingham people, particularly precise details and times of road closures, information on resident and visitor parking and facilities, and who is responsible overall.

“The meeting was extremely good in that it was a full and frank discussion,” said Coun Naylor.

“The main frustration was wanting information, and Bradford’s frustration that they are not allowed to give us information because there’s a corporate communication strategy in place, we can’t tell us until we tell everybody on the route.”

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