Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July 2018

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

    I love how the Sunday afternoon main stage has somehow managed to hold off the many wider social changes in the area. It is perhaps the last bastion where the old boys can meet up for a friendly smoke and a can of Red Stripe. There is such a chilled atmosphere down the BMX side of the park on Sundays. The old Bill understand that it is best to turn a blind eye and let the old crowd enjoy their afternoon in a way that is being forced out elsewhere.

    I hope this doesn't change.
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  2. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    You'd hope there will be a decent line up to compensate for this fencing and no alcohol nonsense.

    Last year on the same weekend there was a festival up in Walthamstow. It was free, but no booze allowed in etc. However, headlining were Toots and the Maytals.
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  3. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    If they are not allowing alcohol through the gates, they better put more beer stalls on......cos they couldn't cope with the crowds when people were bringing their own....
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  5. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    It's a real shame they are enforcing a BYO Booze ban, it has pretty much priced me out of going there if I fancy a drink. The price of a beer whilst standard for a festival is too expensive for me to justify spending a large part of the day there.
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  6. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    The quality as well. It’s pub prices, long queues and served in disposable cups.

    They’re going to create drinking areas outside of the perimeter and have people arriving tanked up, instead of doing it in a controlled environment.
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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Interesting comment on the Buzz article:

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  8. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Oh no.

    Decent festivals - like Boomtown or Glastonbury - curate their stall lets, so that there’s a good mix. With a good number of cheaper pitches aimed at more interesting stuff. They ask caterers to send a menu and prices, to make sure there’s good stuff at reasonable prices.

    Simply going to ‘highest bidder’ is incredibly short sighted and risks ruining the whol mix.
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  9. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    I’ll hazard a guess they won’t have anywhere near enough capacity and the queues will be awful.
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  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The guy who used to run Kaff tried hard to get a stall a few years back but they made him bid and there was no way he could compete with the big boys, so he lost out. I know Chucklehead have been hanging on by a thread for the last couple of shows.
  11. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    This is bad news. It's the Lambeth country show and the organisers should be supporting local businesses ,especially ones which have a track record at the show
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  12. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    There should be a be discount for local businesses to have stalls at the show
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  13. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Not really how our wonderful Labour council works though, is it?

    The queues were awful before. Now they'll be catastrophic!
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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Was there "significant violence" last year?

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  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Something is really not right here:

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  16. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    Are they confusing it with Splash?

    In fact, there would have been a Lambeth events / MPS round up report on the festival. As a councillor he should be able to evidence that?
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    We're quite specifically talking about the Country Show and Splash didn't take place last year anyway. This notion of 'serious violence' which was 'not reported publicly' is rather troubling because that would amount to a cover up.
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  18. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    Or it's bollocks
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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It keeps on getting dodgier

    I don't recall seeing or hearing of any major, hour-long serious violence happening last year. Does anyone else?
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Oh dear...

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  21. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    I’m sure if there had been an hour long pitched battle that would have just the excuse the council needed to totally shut it down for good
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  22. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

    A couple of years ago, away from the Country Show in and around Herne Hill there was a incident that caused the police to get involved to bring control to the area, which was outside of the park area. A 'pitched battle' was definitely mentioned at the time on Urban.
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I remember that but this councillor is insisting that it happened last year.
  24. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    If it was the one I remember reading about here, that must have been 10 years ago or more.
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
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  25. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Was there both evenings last year and saw nothing remotely like this, did see a policeman dancing quite badly though. Does anyone know what sort of costly private security he's talking about? Was not aware of this.
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  26. Reiabuzz

    Reiabuzz Banned Banned

    Can you invite that councillor to this thread? Wtf is he on about?
  27. HelloNBD

    HelloNBD Here Today

    The banning of booze seems like a really bad choice as it will price so many people out of the event and also create problems outside the site.

    If there is an issue with costs for extra security there should be a small charge £2-3 per adult, kids for free. Ask people to contribute more if they can - with some good comms around the need for funding for such community events, you'd be surprised how many people reach into their pockets.

    An ideal situ would be those from the local boroughs on benefits / low income to be free and then charge everyone else on the door.
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm totally against any kind of charging and the notion of people having to prove they're on low income to get in abhors me. Some families with modest incomes might still struggle to afford a charge on the door (along with the more expensive drink).

    It's a free community event, open to everyone, and that's how it should stay. It's what makes it so brilliant, and I'm happy for my council tax to be spent on this, rather than, for example, the cash-sucking vanity nu-Town Hall project.
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I just have.
  30. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    Neither do I.

    I was there last year on both days with my kids & mrs. I remember leaving at the end on Sunday, there were quite a few police around IIRC, I heard murmurings of the funfair being closed down because of some minor incident between rival youths...certainly not an hour long pitched battle!
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