Forbidden Forest Festival, which will be held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle on 30th May-3rd June 2024, has had a revised licence application approved by Melton Borough Council. The new licence allows the festival to accommodate 22,000 people for the weekend event, versus 14,999 people which its previous licence allowed for. The campsite will now open for festival goers on Thursday 30th May.
The new proposals, which addressed previous feedback from local residents, were reviewed by the council’s licensing sub-committee today, Monday 22nd January. They included detail around how organisers will work with traffic management bodies to combat excess traffic, including operating additional shuttle buses to and from the nearest railway station and working with Big Green Coach to offer sustainable, affordable travel from key UK cities, as well as plans to open the festival earlier to stagger attendee arrivals over a longer period. In addition, organisers have set up a community liaison group which they will work closely with, emphasising that they understand the importance of, and are committed to, looking after the area for the local residents.
Simon Oates, Operations Director for Forbidden Forest Festival, said: “We would like to thank members of Melton Borough Council for their cooperation on the revised licence application for Forbidden Forest Festival. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and are thrilled with the outcome.
“Our commitment to improving the event year on year means we can continue to deliver a stand-out show whilst ensuring the local community is impacted as little as possible. This year will see us take additional measures in order to strengthen relationships with Belvoir residents, including setting up a formal community liaison group to resolve any issues as quickly, and smoothly, as possible.”
The decision comes as good news to festival goers, with many demanding that organisers release more tickets after the event sold out in just 36 hours in November.