Blackheath music festival approved

New music festival 'On Blackheath' will go ahead next year after an appeal by the Blackheath Society was thrown out by Bromley magistrates.

The promoters tempted fate by calling their company Nimby, but a festival on the heath - which after all recently swallowed a Climate Camp whole without anyone noticing and which regularly hosts depressing fun fairs and an entire marathon - has the potential to be fantastic.

Bromley magistrates dismissed the appeal brought by the Blackheath Society against Lewisham Council, which granted a 10-year licence to Nimby Events Ltd last year.

The society now faces an £80,000 legal bill following the seven day hearing, the longest appeal ever heard under current licensing laws.

This year’s festival, due to attract 50,000 people over two days, was abandoned because of the lengthy court case, but organisers are now planning to hold the first On Blackheath festival in September 2012.

853 also notes that Lewisham Council got a telling off for failing to consult properly in the first place.