Following last year’s festival (which attracted some 50,000 people each day), the park was in extensive disarray; the ground resembled a desert while laughing gas containers and broken glass was strewn about;
At least eight people were arrested last year for reasons including knife possession and actual bodily harm; and
The campaign against Wireless is being led by Friends of Finsbury Park, who filed a formal objection letter to Haringey council. The group’s chairman — Tom Palin — also spoke to the Standard about the issues at hand:
Last year the event caused severe damage to the fabric of Finsbury Park. It turned the grass into desert scrubland which stayed that way for months. It encloses a third of the park in a huge sheet metal fence, locking out families. It’s unbelievable that it’s allowed to happen. There were problems with break-ins and public disorder last year, it’s a scary situation. It’s a horrible thing to happen in your local park and it doesn’t feel very safe or controlled.
The Friends are also seeing support from local MPs Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) and David Lammy (Tottenham), who have raised concerns about last year’s aftermath.
If nothing is overturned and the organisers requests are approved, Wireless will continue as planned 8th to 10th July.