2022 Park Events Q&A

What are the events?

You can find out more about the events and the line-up for individual events here. The dates are

Friday 27- Saturday 28 – Wide Awake (Indie/Alternative over 18s only)

Sunday 29 – City Splash (all ages festival Reggae)

Monday 30th May – Wednesday 1st June Brockwell Bounce (Free Family Festival)

Thursday 2nd June – Jubilee Festival

Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th June – Mighty Hoopla (LGBT Festival)

Sunday 5th June – Cross the Tracks (Jazz festival)  

How is sound being managed?

There were noise complaints coming from the 2021 events particularly on Friday during the daytime. Two independent noise consultants were employed to redesign the sound for this series of events. Monitoring has been set up inside and outside the event site with monitoring stations placed at various strategic points around the area and in the site itself sound data will be monitored continuously, and adjustments made to both volume and frequency through the main PA system. The sound design has also been designed to fit in with the geographic contours of the park. This should reduce the noise considerably from last year, but no system is perfect (see the comment below about reporting noise). The soundcheck for events on Friday and Saturday has been truncated and compressed from the 2021 events, so as to be 90 minutes not three hours with lots of it not directed through the main PA system. This might be a sudden and a bit louder but then should be at background noise levels for the rest of the day.

What are the free family events?

Between Monday 30 May and Wednesday 1 June there will be a three-day, free community festival featuring themed days, family films, a dog show, village fete games, fun creative workshops, fancy dress, kid zones and live music from local musicians including members of the Lambeth Music Network. The Brockwell Park Community Festival has been developed with a Community Partnership collective. Six Lambeth based community group – Bureau of Silly Ideas, Bid Kids Foundation, Brixton Project, Lambeth Youth Council, Elevate and Brixton House. The community partners will help steer engagement and co-curate a pilot programme of activity during Summer Events.

How many people are attending?

The fenced off site is limited to maximum of 25, 000 people. On all of the events days around 20,000 are expected. This is smaller than previous events although there are more days of this event. This is smaller than previously planned for events in the park and in line with the demand that Thurlow Park Councillors made in 2018 for smaller event footprints in the park.

Why is this event longer than previous events?

The framework of park events is normally confined to one weekend. West Dulwich (and previously Thurlow Park) Councillors support this framework, and this had broad agreement among the stakeholders at the Brockwell Park Community Partners in June 2021. This is a departure from that justified, on a strictly trial basis for 2022, and as means of providing a fully funded and free to access community events as part of the jubilee celebrations and for the half term holidays. We would be opposed to making such a long festival a permanent feature of life in the park without further consultation and a steer from the community. There will be a review of this specific event after this and a further review of the whole events policy (revised after the 2018 festival) to bring this in line with the ongoing plans for the park including, and most significantly, the redevelopment of Brockwell Hall.

How long are the events on the park for?

The build time is set to end this Friday 27 May when the event starts. The break time after the festival is completed, will be completed by Monday 13 June. A key pathway that allows a crossing point between the tennis courts and Brockwell Hall will still be accessible during the majority of this time from 8am – 8pm, only closing for safety and security reasons on Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May, and Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June. At other times, not during the festival days. there will be routes through the festival site. For more information, please go to the resident FAQs on the Community page of the events website.

What do I do if things get too loud?

Music will be finishing no later than 10:30 each day there is a music event (this will be before 10 on a Sunday). If you are experiencing any noise at home the most important thing is to make sure to call or send in a report detailing the time and location. Noise levels are being monitored in real time and adjustments are constantly being made. You can do this either by phone – (freephone): 020 80504367 (operational Monday 16th May – Monday 13 June) messages will be acted on and followed up whilst the festival is on. Or by email Email: community@summereventsuk.co.uk . Reports and complaints are also used to shape the sound management day to day and from event to event, so last year’s reports shaped this year’s sound management.

How will people leave the festival site?

There are designated egress routes from the festival directing the majority of attendees towards Brixton Tube station and Herne Hill station. Experience from the 2018 and 2019 event series shows around 70-80% of attendees leave this way. All attendees at the festival will need to have left the site by 11 (10:30 on Sundays). There is a funded litter pick around the festival site and in the park covered by the event organisers. Increased waste disposal capacity and street cleaning, again funded by the event organisers, will be on hand for all event days. This will include having Eurobins and regular collection of street bins along Norwood Road. There will be public protection officers on the main routes along with the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for anti-social behaviour, such as public urination. 

What happens if there is damage to the park?

All damage to the park caused by any commercial event is repaired from a designated fund set up by the event organisers. They are contractually obliged to cover all repairs to the park. This can take time but all damage to paths, vegetation, grass verges and any park equipment is full covered and does not compromise any community funds or income going into the park. All repairs from the 2018 festival, for example, were fully completed in around nine months and paid for by the organisers of the festival. None of this money comes from the income streams for the park (see below) this is a seperate pot of ring fenced funding and covered by separate contractual provisions.

What benefits do these events bring?

The park and the parks service take the income from large commercial events. Separate to this there is fund called park infrastructure levy which delivers funding for specific investments into the parks. These are contracted sums of money that the festival organisers are obliged to pay. There is also a further community fund run by the event organisers which raises money which again goes directly to parks groups. There is an active programme of procurement from local business and suppliers run directly through the Business Improvement Districts in the area. 

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