Update on Brockwell Park Events 2018

Further details have been confirmed in a written response to Chuka Umunna MP by Lambeth Council regarding the proposals for holding the Field Day/TheMighty Hoopla (1-3 June) and Lovebox/Citadel (13-15 July) festivals in Brockwell Park in 2018.

  • There will be a 3-week gap between the events (11 June to 1 July) when no activity is taking place.
  • The final day of event de-rigging for Lovebox/Citadel is 20 July, and there will be no events taking place in the Park in August.
  • The events will take up no more than 33% of the park area (by comparison the Lambeth Country Show uses 44%). Lambeth Council has already asked that the event organisers adjust their footprints to take in to account sensitive areas. 
  • These major commercial events will be charged a higher Park Investment Levy (PIL) rate which will go back to the park service and the park that hosted the event.
  • The event proposals include apprenticeships and work experience opportunities for Lambeth residents.
  • Total onsite days (including set-up and de-rigging) will be 22 days (Field Day) and 19 (Lovebox) respectively. The build and de-rig activity will be managed in phased stages, so as to maintain access to as much of the park as possible throughout. This means the rest of the park is still accessible to park users including the sports facilities, Lido, Brockwell Hall and café.
  • There will be acoustic consultants working to monitor sound levels and respond to complaints received by the Council.
  • There will be a full stewarding plans in place to manager the periphery of the park, as well as the ingress and egress routes.
  • There will be toilet provision around the park, as well as within the event site, and additional cleaning for the event site, park and wider area to mitigate the impacts of the footfall.
  • Where required, reinstatement work takes place after each event. This is undertaken by Lambeth Landscaping (the Council's in-house team).

Lambeth Councillors are pushing for both event companies to hold public-facing engagement in January. Before the festivals are confirmed, Lambeth Council has also confirmed that there will be several layers of rigorous scrutiny that include licensing, Safety Advisory Group, community engagement and planning permission that all need to be cleared before an event permit is granted and can proceed. Throughout that process, the views and concerns of residents will be carefully considered. If agreed, the events will be carefully managed to ensure any disruptions for locals will be minimised.


This is so bad. I can avoid having the feeling that, like with what has happened in the closure of Carnegie Library, the deals are done and the 'consultation' is just a burocratic formality.

Thanks for your comment. Lambeth Council doesn't have stellar reputation, but it is fair to point out that the free Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, which we all love, cost £690,909.71 to run in 2017, leaving a shortfall to the local taxpayer of £358,280.46 after concession sales, sponsorship and donations. According to Andrew Smith at the University of Westminster, Tower Hamlets Council was paid around £300,000 by Live Nation for the rights to stage Lovebox/Citadel in Victoria Park. So this is the economic reality.

That is just repeating the Council's vague lines, including the misleading comparison with the Lambeth Country Show and the typo in "to manager the periphery" which were found in other responses from Councillors.