Music festival at farm ditched as new venue found

Revellers at last year's Mutiny in the Park festival
Revellers at last year's Mutiny in the Park festival
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PLANS to hold a large dance music festival at a farm have been scrapped.

But organisers of Mutiny Festival have revealed to The News they have found a new location and the line-up will be the biggest the mainland south coast has ever seen.

The proposals for Holme Farm, near Rowlands Castle, were met with hostility by some villagers, with fears of traffic chaos and noise as up to 20,000 people over two days descended on the area.

But some villagers supported the bid, with a £3m economic boost to the Havant and East Hampshire area being mooted.

Luke Betts, from Portsmouth, who is one of the organisers, said: ‘We have withdrawn from Holme Farm after receiving two better offers from much more prestigious venues, which has helped us secure some world-class headline artists.

‘The line-up is without a doubt the biggest the mainland south coast has seen to date and is 100 per cent booked and confirmed.

‘We will be on sale next week or the week after.’

Mr Betts was unable to disclose the new location until the contracts have been signed.

But he said: ‘All I can say and stress to our customers is that the location will be under a 30-minute drive/train from Portsmouth centre.

‘Close enough to home yet just far enough away for that sense of escapism that makes a festival. It will not disappoint.’

Rowlands Castle Councillor Marge Harvey, who opposed the proposals, was relieved another location had been found. She said: ‘Actually I’m very pleased.

‘A lot of people who did not say anything did not really understand the sort of reaction that would have happened in the village with the traffic and noise. I am happy they have decided it’s not the right place.’

John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council, said his authority had always taken a more neutral stance because more information was needed.

He said: ‘We note and respect the decision taken by Mutiny.’

Organisers from Mutiny thanked the people of Rowlands Castle for their input.