Dance festival banned as brides complain event would 'spoil' weddings held nearby

A dance festival for 10,000 revellers in a south London park has been refused a licence after complaints from couples that the event would “spoil” their weddings nearby - writes

Diynamic Festival was set to take place in Morden Park on September 8. Tickets were already sold for the event, which boasts a line-up of house and techno DJs including Solomun and Adriatique across two stages.

But Merton council rejected a licence application for it this week following fierce opposition from locals — including some concerned about the impact on their nuptials.

An objection from David Heath-Whyte, rector at St Lawrence Church, urged the council not to allow festivals in the park. His daughter Katie is due to get married on the same day and then hold her wedding reception in therectory garden, which backs on toMorden Park.

Miss Heath-Whyte, 24, said: “It wasn’t until June 30 that I became aware an application was being submitted. At a time when most of our plans had been made for the wedding, this greatly upset me.”

Weddings are also booked at the nearby register office located in a listed stately home, Morden Park House. One bride, Lorna O’Donnell, started a petition to stop the event which gained more than 700 signatures.

She wrote: “Loud house music and thousands of people wandering around Morden Park would absolutely spoil anyone’s wedding. It’s appalling, unfair and unjust.”

After the licence was refused she said: “Hopefully all we’ll hear now is champagne corks. Every bride on the day will be doing cartwheels into the registry office.”

A similar row broke out last year when the Eastern Electrics festival applied for a licence in the park ahead of dozens of weddings, including that of Crystal Palace footballer Christian Benteke, but the event was still given permission to go ahead. The same two-day festival was put on in the park earlier this month.

Sheeamalan Tharmarajlingam wrote to the council in her objection to the Diynamic festival: “Last year’s Eastern Electric event saw festival-goersurinating, defecating and having sex or committing lewd acts in St Lawrence churchyard.”

The festival organisers, MJMK Events, told the council’s licensing committee they had offered extra security for the Heath-Whyte wedding and would have more security guards at their event and temporary lavatories.

But the committee decided the festival would create too much noise. MJMK, which has put on shows at Brixton Academy and the Roundhouse , said the decision was “unfair and unjust”.
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