It’s become the sound of the English summer, as traditional as the crack of leather on willow or the buzz of lawnmowers: the chants of “Turn it up!” as yet another festival is forced to inflict duff sound on its audience.
It’s all down to the increasingly draconian decibel limits set by local councils as part of the licensing restrictions. All it takes is a bit of wind or a reflective cloud for the order to go out to reduce the volume or cut certain frequencies (destroying sound quality) or else the festival is shut down.
This happens because of regulations brought in to protect local residents. But the balance is clearly wrong when the views of just one or two residents can trump those of 100,000 festivalgoers, most of whom are working year-round for that one weekend when they can let their hair down. And when even a major event like Reading Festival had to bow to the mighty god Elfnsafety, we decided it was time to take a stand.
So we’ve started the Turn It Up! petition to try and get the balance restored to something realistic. Please take the trouble to sign up – and please pass the message on to your friends and post the link where you think it will be useful. Thank you.