Organisers of the VW Whitenoise Festival insisted they “strictly adhered” to the Norfolk Showground’s music licence, following complaints about noise from the event at the weekend.

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South Norfolk Council has written to the organisers and Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), which runs the showground, about eight noise complaints from families living near the ground.

John Purling, the RNAA’s outgoing chief executive, said: “This is a new event for us and, as with any event we undertake, we meticulously plan its delivery and ensure we stringently follow regulations set down by the appropriate authorities.

“On this occasion, it appears we may have to look closely at whether noise management was indeed satisfactory and if there was more we could have done as the venue for the event.

“We try at all times to ensure that the local community is not impacted significantly by the showground’s activities, and should we conclude that there is more that could be done with similar events in future, then of course we will strengthen our efforts – together with our clients – to satisfy both those attending events, and those living close by.”

The organisers of the festival said: “We kept within all our licensing agreements.

“We had a music licence for the barn and the pavilion at the Norfolk Showground until 1am and the outside music stage until 10pm, all of which were strictly adhered to.”

- For more about the festival, including photo galleries from the event, see the links at the top-right of this page.

17 comments

  • it just goes to show that some (8) people will complain just for the sake of it . what have we become ???? nobody is able to have fun anymore without the risk of a complaint . sad times we live in

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    adinorwich

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • This is similar to the clowns that moan about the airport! We normally hear the music from the events at the Showground, never heard anything untoward this time. Eight complaints? Come on, lets have a bit of fun for those that want, I don't take part in these events but why spoil it for those that do, same applies to the speedway, let it happen>

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • You seem to be under the impression stevejo that everybody should share your opinions and if they dont you think that gives you the right to name call? I heared the VW festival at the weekend, but don't have a problem with it, that's what you should expect to hear from a Showground, occassional events noise. But I dont think it's fair to generalise and name call.

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    Emily Francis

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I attended whitenoise with my family, which included my 3 children, I have to say we had a fabulous time at our first ever festival. we had no problems with the noise, yes it did go on until 1am but stopped promptly after that, and as for it being a "regular event" is once a year really too much to ask? I would like to say a big thankyou to the organisers, for a fantastic and affordable weekend, which gave us the opportunity to have a weekend away, in a year where we cant afford a holiday, roll on whitenoise 2013!!!!

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    Jo-Anne Callaghan

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • This is similar to the clowns that moan about the airport! We normally hear the music from the events at the Showground, never heard anything untoward this time.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • my thoughts exactly STEVEJO. so the royal norfolfk show makes no noise? or traffic chaos!

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    grasshopper

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Thousands went and enjoyed themselves, eight complaints!!! WOW!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • This is similar to the clowns that moan about the airport! We normally hear the music from the events at the Showground, never heard anything untoward this time. Eight complaints? Come on, lets have a bit of fun for those that want, I don't take part in these events but why spoil it for those that do, same applies to the speedway, let it happen>

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I totaly agree with AJP. The organisers (a family) put a huge effort in and the show was fantastic. local businesses were involved also. We shold encourage such events. Bring on the 2013 show !

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    marcus

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • well, well, well...who could have predicted that the NIMBYs currently complaining and objecting to (what the majority hope will be) the new speedway track, would complain about everything they can at the showground. Perhaps they should consider moving rather than spoiling this essential venue for all in Norfolk.

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    stevejo

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Have these people not heard of earplugs.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • This is similar to the clowns that moan about the airport! We normally hear the music from the events at the Showground, never heard anything untoward this time. Eight complaints? Come on, lets have a bit of fun for those that want, I don't take part in these events but why spoil it for those that do, same applies to the speedway, let it happen>

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I attended this event, they followed all the rules - even stopped a headline band doing an encore to comply with daft noise regs that are killing live music everywhere. The organisers of the event should be congratulated and encouraged, really good family fun at a good price and an event that has built up a positive reputation over the past 10 years - well done to all involved and for those that don't like noise or events - why do you live near the Showground?

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    Ajp

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I attended whitenosie from friday to sunday and found that the organisers did adhere to the requirements of the licence that they wre issued. What noise issues that occured were from indivduals camping there who insisted on playing their own music very loudly after the bands stopped. This was acted on very quickly by the staff who were on site.

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    norfolkandgood

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Firstly stevejo i thought the artical was supposed to be about the noise from the vw event and NOT the proposed speedway that you have decided to mention, maybe a fan trying to get his minute of limelight???? I heard the loud music from the VW event and in fairness it did go off around 1am, that i can live with, however if it was a regular occurance then im afraid i would probably complain too as it shouldnt be that loud that it effects my childrens ability to be able to go to sleep.

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    fruitgummy

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Myself & My family were at whitenoise over the weekend and personally although we had alot of fun the music did go on far to long into the evening and once the music provided by the event organisers ended there was an awful lot of other people playing music until around 4-5am. However our major concern , was there was major lack of paramedics on the site for the amount of people. Also on the Saturday there seemed to be a hell of lot of policeambulance or fire sirens going off during the day , does anyone know why ?

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    tomhammer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Come on, lets have a bit of fun for those that want, I don't take part in these events but why spoil it for those that do, same applies to the speedway, let it happen. Thousands went, eight complaints, WOW!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

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