Deaf News: Licence for ‘noisy’ Deaf Foam Festival blocked

Posted on March 2, 2016

An application for a licence to hold a three day Deaf Foam Festival has been rejected by a local council due to noise concerns.

Although the licence did not make mention of noise, the festival’s website and social media accounts said that there would be live music all night.

The festival was due to host entertainment such as Deaf dancers, comedians, acting, poetry and much more – and many tickets had already been sold.


Plans for a three-day festival likely to attract at least 500 deaf people from across the UK have been rejected.

On Wednesday, Central Beds Council’s licensing sub committee met to debate the event which police had been objecting to – because they feared it would be too noisy.

The England Deaf Party wanted The Deaf Foam Festival to take place on July 8-10 at Stockwell Farm, Leighton Road, Eggington, with entertainment running through until 4am. Despite not gaining a licence its website says certain ticket types are sold out or nearly sold out.

Beds Police licensing officer PC Liam Mitchell has told Central Beds Council that the event’s website and social media pages made reference to ‘Live Music, All Night Long’. “This is despite regulated entertainment not being requested on the application,” he said. “Such music is likely to result in a repeat of the noise nuisance seen by the residents of Eggington during the event in 2014 [The Illusive Fest].”

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