Music festival called off after police talk to organisers

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News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

A music festival that was due to be held at a farm on Saturday night was called off after police raised concerns with the organisers.

Harry Violet’s Harfest was planned for Sunnyside Farm, between Kirton and Kirton Holme.

The event was in its fourth year and was set up to ‘counter the lack of cultural opportunities’ for young people in Boston.

Police contacted Boston Borough Council on Friday and the authority confirmed that there was no licence held for the event. A council spokesman said this was the first time they became aware of the event.

A force spokesman said that officers had a conversation with the organisers about ‘several issues’ including ‘impact on policing resources’.

After the discussion organisers called the event off.

disappointed Organiser Harry Rylott said: “It leaves me as a twenty-two year old who feels pitted against the local authorities and generally of the feeling that they don’t care about their constituents, their community or even want to understand it – especially in a town that struggles with anti-social behaviour, community tensions and a lack of youth opportunities.”

He said the maximum number of people to attend would have been 500.

Last year, through word of mouth and Facebook, it drew an audience of more than 250.

Harfest was inspiredby tales of 90’s alternative rock bands in California driving far out into the desert to hold parties with bands plugging into generators.

This was translated agriculturally, in Lincolnshire style, with the stage set to be a veg trailer.