High Court rules that Wireless 2016 to go ahead

01 Jan 2018

Licensing, Public Law and Judicial Review

The High Court has today held that the 2016 Wireless Festival can go ahead in Finsbury Park on 8 – 10 July, next month. After a 2 day judicial review hearing it has rejected an attempt by the Friends of Finsbury Park to quash Haringey Council’s decision to grant permission to Festival Republic to hire part of the Park.

The Court rejected the Friends’ arguments that the Council did not have power to grant permission to hire out part of the Park under section 145 Local Government Act 1972 and challenges to the consultation entered into.

Wireless is one of the country’s premier R&B festivals, attracting up to 45,000 festival goers.

A fully reasoned judgment will follow in due course.

Philip Kolvin QC and Ranjit Bhose QC of Cornerstone Barristers acted for Haringey Council.