‘Perfect storm’ led to JLS Hampshire concert fiasco

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POP fans missed parts of a gig by X Factor band JLS because of a ‘perfect storm’ of bad weather and traffic conditions, council safety bosses have ruled.

Winchester City Council carried out a review of the traffic problems which stopped hundreds of people reaching the concert at the Matterley Bowl, near Winchester on June 17, until well after the show began.

It has revealed a number of circumstances led to the problems including severe weather, road accidents on the motorways and traffic from the early finish of the Test Match at the Rose Bowl cricket ground.

Robert Heathcock, from Winchester City Council, said: ‘The event organisers co-operated fully with all the agencies prior to and during the event and the actual event itself passed off safely.

‘However the traffic management plan did not cope with the problems.

‘The use of an access gate off the A272 was chosen because of the young age profile of the audience, to avoid long walks to the concert area.

‘However the weather conditions together with the other factors turned what was meant as a helpful measure into a major problem.’

An events expert who advises the organisers of Glastonbury and the Reading Festival has now been appointed to make sure future plans are able to cope.