Norman Cook’s recent party at Loch Ness attracted a modest 23,000 people (the Brighton event in 2002 attracted well over 200,000) but the event was estimated to have generated £7m for the local economy. Will he ever return to Brighton beach?
Norman Cook is said to be keen to repeat the concert but Sussex Police and Brighton City Council both have legitimate safety concerns after the last event, which was supposed to have been for a local audience of 60,000.
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In the light of an invasion by an estimated 250,000 fans both the Police and the Council handled the event with outstanding success but neither are keen to see a repeat because it is impossible to ensure public safety.
The Loch Ness event was ticketed at a cost of £35 per ticket, which controlled the attendance but there are problems with copying the idea of a “ticket only” event on Brighton beach. Being a pebbled beach the substrate itself is not entirely safe for large numbers of people and it is difficult to police. Also screening to beach avoid crowds gathering on Kingsway to watch for free would not be straightforward.
Of course another problem is that, in the absence of a meaningful park & ride facility, our access points to the city for car-borne visitors struggle to cope with increased numbers. Perhaps if a ticketed event could be organised the cost of the ticket could include the train fare as well.
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