Saving live music in London’s Hyde Park
Our relationship with The Royal Parks is one of our longest, having worked together since our inception in 2006. In that time we have managed over 75 live events in London’s Hyde Park on behalf of their promoters, enjoyed by over 4.5 million music fans. Our experienced team continue to manage their eight flagship events, held over three weekends every Summer. Our long-standing partnership has enabled us to reduce complaints by local residents year-on-year to almost negligible levels, whilst improving and enhancing the overall fan experience through our constant refinement and fine-tuning of noise management.
CLIENT: ROYAL PARKS
COMPLETION DATE: SINCE 2016
2db or not 2db?
Our most challenging time with the Royal Parks came in 2011. Following the rock and pop music festival Wireless, headlined by the Chemical Brothers, Westminster Council received a watershed 100 complaints from local residents. This brought about a Licence Review which also coincided with the impending events organised to celebrate London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. Westminster Council deemed it fit to impose a strict 73dB(A) limit on all music events at Hyde Park, putting the future of the venue in serious jeopardy. This decision was resoundly criticised by the music community and even achieved front page headlines in London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
Vanguardia, the Royal Parks and their Promoters appealed this decision. Acting as Expert Witness, Vanguardia’s Jim Griffith’s successfully demonstrated to Local Councillors and their Technical Officer, that sound needed to be carefully managed, not limited. He countered that reducing levels from 75dB(A) to 73dB(A) would result in subsequent music events being an ‘ineffective form of entertainment’ as it would be below the ‘Startle Effect’ threshold – the physical and mental response that contributes to an individuals enjoyment of a live musical performance. Jim’s ability to convey the science in layman’s terms played a key role in agreeing to continue at the 75dB(A) limit adopted at many other outdoor events.