Organiser Festival Republic has announced a new show to take place at Finsbury Park next year (30 June). Named “Queens of the Stone Age and Friends’, the one-day festival will see headliners QOTSA share the stage with Iggy Pop, Run the Jewels and the Hives. The full line-up is yet to be announced.
The show “Queens of the Stone Age and Friends’ takes place the day after Liam Gallagher’s headline gig in Finsbury Park (29 June).
Festival Republic is the driving force behind Wireless and Community Festival, two events that have been held in Finsbury Park, in Harringay, north London, for many years.
Access understands that the announcement of the QOTSA gig follows the unsuccessful appeal by Friends of Finsbury Park – a residents’ group – for Wireless to be banned.
Wireless is an annual music event that has been held in Finsbury Park since 2014. Residents have argued that anti-social behaviour is somewhat inherent to its festivalgoers.
The opposition to large-scale music shows is also based on the damage caused by the footfall the event brings to the 115-acre site. It’s believed that Wireless had attracted 45,000 people a day. The group is also concerned that the festival restricts access to the public space.
It’s the second consecutive move by Friends of Finsbury Park against Wireless. In 2016 the residents’ group challenged a judge’s decision that allowed Haringey Council to hire out the park for large-scale events, however, the case was dismissed.
Wireless 2017 brought to the stage a line-up made up of Chance the Rapper, Nas, Skepta and The Weeknd, to name a few.
Access understands that Friends of Finsbury Park has applied for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.