Beat goes off as music event cancelled

A LIVE music event which was slated by members of funder Boston BID as a waste of their money has been postponed.

Boston Beat was due to be held in Central Park next month, but it has been postponed until next summer after Boston Borough Council said it was worried about the market, which has been moved closer to the park during the Market Place renovation.

Boston BID said it did not want the event to be held outside the area, meaning it had to be postponed.

Sheila Davenport, of organisers Infodex, said: “Obviously we are very disappointed that the event has been postponed but delighted to announce that Boston Beat will go ahead in 2012 on a date to be agreed.”

The Beat was due to be part-funded by the Boston BID, with £10,000 of levy-payers’ money going towards the £30,000 event – something not all BID members were happy about.

Darron Abbott, whose accountancy firm represents several members of the BID, said many were disappointed that they had not been consulted about the proposals.

Before the event was cancelled the accountant added: “I can’t see how it will benefit the town at all.”

BID manager Niall Armstrong said the board members had approved the contribution as it was something which would have brought people into the town.

He added: “If we cannot use Central Park we do not wish to hold it outside of the BID area because the whole reason for promoting the event is to bring visitors into the town so that BID members can benefit. We estimate that the event could have produced anywhere between 6,000 to 15,000 visitors.”