Satans Slaves gig go-ahead

Fishery Field in Westby will be the venue for the music event.
Fishery Field in Westby will be the venue for the music event.
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HUNDREDS of bikers are set to descend on a country field after a rock gig was given the go-ahead.

The Lancashire Chapter of the Satans Slaves is planning to hold two days of music, drinking and bike shows in a field off Cropper Road next month.

And despite the plans attracting fury from some local residents, councillors yesterday agreed to grant the event the licence it needs to go ahead.

The motorcycle group has pledged the Lancashire Rock and Bike Show will be well policed and said they were “very pleased” at the decision by Fylde Council’s licensing committee.

At St Annes Town Hall yesterday, The Lancashire Chapter’s representative Roger Whiteman said: “The applicants are not organising another Glastonbury.

“The music will cease at 11pm so residents can get the good night’s sleep they deserve.

“Almost all the residents near this site appear to have recognised there has to be a bit of give and take and their tolerance is to be applauded.”

The Lancashire Chapter agreed to end the music on both nights – which will include performances from bands such as Metallica tribute act Mentallica – at 11pm as opposed to 11.30pm following a request from the council’s environmental officer Phil Dent.

Organisers hope around 1,000 people will attend the festival, which will offer camping and promises “cheap bars” on site.

Mr Whiteman added: “While the applicants have not run an event on this site before, they have experience of organising regular music events in the Blackpool area.

“They are keen to ensure patrons behave themselves on and around the site and will be installing digital CCTV to ensure this.”

Residents living close to the Fishery Field site, in Westby, had complained to the council that the event would create an “intolerable” noise.

But the licensing panel’s convenor Coun Angela Jacques said: “We take careful note of the objections from interested parties and their concerns.

“But I would consider the balance on this occasion clearly in favour of allowing the event to go ahead as planned.”

The event will take place on Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24.

Martin Stansfield, from the Lancashire Chapter, said: “We’re very pleased. Ticket sales are going really well and now we can push it forward.”