Community and Wireless Festivals
Event organiser Festival Republic return to Finsbury Park this year to host not one, but two festivals in one of London's top outdoor event destinations!
The country’s most popular urban music festival Wireless is returning to Finsbury Park on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July, and for the first time Community Festival headlining Catfish and the Bottlemen will be taking place on Saturday 1 July 2017.
Events like these make a huge contribution to London’s cultural scene and in Haringey brings in hundreds of thousands of pounds which is spent improving our parks and attracting more visitors. We work with residents and event organisers to ensure the events are safe and enjoyable for all.
|Date||Event opens||Music starts||Music ends||Headliner||Attendance|
|Saturday 1 July||11.30am||1pm||10pm||Catfish and the Bottlemen||35k|
|Friday 7 July||1.30pm||3.30pm||10pm||Chance the Rapper||37.5k|
|Saturday 8 July||11am||12.30pm||10pm||Skepta||37.5k|
|Sunday 9 July||11am||12.30pm||9.45pm||The Weeknd||37.5k|
- Who to contact
- Wireless Festival set up
- New for 2017
- Special effects
- Gate closures and parking restrictions in the park
- Surrounding area
- On-Street parking restrictions
- Road closures
- London Underground and rail travel
- Bus diversions
- Message from the Metropolitan Police
- Street trading
- Lost Property
Please note: that the contact details listed on this page should be used regardless of which borough you live in. Finsbury Park is located in the borough of Haringey and is managed by Haringey Council. Haringey Council also licence the event so if residents living around the park in Islington and Hackney would like to report issues then please make contact.
If you have any questions or concerns leading up to the Festivals please contact the event organisers Festival Republic by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
During the events Festival Republic will have a Community Response Team which includes event management, cleaning and security staff who are able to respond to any issues they see or are identified by the local community.
The residents’ information line is available to call on event days only. The line will be open to all residents living in Haringey, Hackney and Islington between 10am and midnight. Operators will take details of the request/complaint and contact the appropriate department or contractor to action a response. All calls will be charged at a local rate. To report any issues please call 020 8396 7701.
To contact Haringey Council about any aspect of Finsbury Park, please email the Parks Team at email@example.com or during the show or at any point in the build-up you can also contact Haringey's Licensing Team during normal office hours on 020 8489 8232 or their out of hours noise complaint line on 020 8489 0000.
Festival Republic will be in Finsbury Park from Wednesday 21 June to set up for the Festivals. Everything will be moved off site by 8pm on Friday 14 July.
A letter will be delivered to households local to the Park containing detailed information regarding the event. Much of this information contained in the letter is detailed on this page but you can also view the Residents' Letter 2017 (PDF, 962KB).
- On the day before and on event days sound checks and rehersals will take place. These shall not exceed 90 minutes duration within an agreed 3 hour window. These will start at approximately 4pm on Friday 30 June and again at 4pm on Thursday 6 July. Times of sound checks and rehersals will be agreed with Haringey Council and will not take place on any other day
- The event on Friday 7July will start at 3.30pm to allow for local schools to finish for the day
Haringey Council has worked closely with the organisers to ensure the build has minimal impact on park users and that safety is paramount. Park users are asked to take care when going through the park during this time as there will be lorries and other vehicles coming into the park to facilitate the build of the event space and the installing of the green shield fencing around the event space.
Festival Republic will be taking every step to ensure that vehicles observe a safe speed limit while moving around the park.
Vehicle movement within the park between the vehicle entrance at Hornsey Gate, through to the pedestrian crossing near Oxford Road Gate will be restricted between the hours of 8.20-9am and 3.20-4pm, Monday to Friday to allow children and their families easy access to and from school.
The carriageway between the pedestrian crossing near Oxford Road Gate to Finsbury Gate will be segregated by fencing to keep pedestrians and cyclists away from construction traffic. This path and the one running between Hornsey Wood Tavern Gate and the central play area will be closed between Friday 30 June until Sunday 2 July and again between Thursday 6 July until Monday 10 July. Other routes through the park will still be available.
The audience will no longer exit the event via Finsbury Park Gate and spill out onto Seven Sisters Road. The road will remain closed as a contingency measure, however, the egress will be contained with the Park itself for 2017. An exit route has been built internally to the park fencing which will see the audience exit the arena at the Manor House end of the festival site. From here they will turn right and make their way down the side of the steelshield fencing towards Finsbury Park Gate. Customers for Finsbury Park Station will remain inside the Park and queue towards Stroud Green Gate where they will exit the park and immediately enter the station. By ensuring the crowd remain inside the Park we are hoping that the impact on local residents will be minimal.
Festival Republic are working closely with all partners including the Metropolitan Police to constantly review the security situation and would encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.
You may hear some loud noises from the artists' special effects. This will be from approximately 9.30pm-10pm on Friday and both Saturdays and 9.15-9.45pm on Sunday. There is also potential for loud bangs during the rest of the event but these will be kept to a minimum.
Public parking will continue to be available in the park during the build and take down periods. All public parking will be directed to the left of the vehicle entrance. Drivers will need to heed the advice of the security staff on the gate. Public parking will not be allowed on the carriageway to the right of Hornsey Gate.
On event days:
- Oxford Road Gate will close from 4pm, and re-open at dawn when the park is opened the following morning
- The park will be closed to all public vehicles and parking - with the exception of site vehicles, disabled badge holders and permit holders
- Exit at the end of the events will be via Finsbury Gate, Seven Sisters Road and Manor House Gate only. There will be no exit from any other gate
The council will be doing its part to ensure that residents are caused the minimum of disruption throughout this period. Businesses will be written to ensuring they are prepared for the influx of people and extra trade into the area on concert days. With this extra trade will come a need to ensure that the businesses are doing their bit in keeping the area outside their premises free from obstruction and litter.
Festival Republic and Haringey Council, together with neighbouring Islington and Hackney Council’s have in place a cleaning program for the affected areas on event days.
The Finsbury Park concerts are very popular events and attract large crowds. We would encourage everybody attending the concerts to use public transport. We will be putting in place further parking controls to ensure that the lives of surrounding residents are not disrupted by additional traffic. For more on this please see the sections below.
The local area will be subject to road closures and traffic diversions on event days and those alighting at Finsbury Park Tube Station or from First Capital Connect Trains after 9.30pm on concert days will find their route away from the station affected as there will be no access to Stroud Green Road.
Toilet provision has been increased. There will be more toilets both inside the venue and outside in the park and on the street for those arriving and leaving the events. We would ask all event visitors to respect those living and working in the surrounding area, and only use toilets where they are provided. Additional toilets will be placed in some streets surrounding the park off Seven Sisters Road. There will be increased stewards on hand directing people to these facilities and moving them into the event area. They will be cleaned and checked throughout event days.
Finsbury Park concerts are very popular events and attract large crowds. Although we are encouraging everybody who attends the concerts to use public transport, we are putting in place further parking controls to ensure that the lives of residents are not disrupted by additional traffic.
Please ensure you check local signs in case of last minute amendments to parking restrictions.
On all event days the following parking controls will be in operation within Haringey.
- The Event Day controls in Finsbury Park CPZ, Finsbury Park B & C CPZs will be operational until 8.30pm on the dates listed above
- The existing Green Lanes A CPZ times will be extended to 8.30am and 8.30pm on Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Friday 7 July, 8.30am and 8.30pm on Saturday 8 July, 8.30am and 8.30pm on Sunday 9 July in the following roads:
- Wightman Road, Umfreville Road, Warwick Gardens, Railway Approach, Woollastone Road, Roseberry Gardens, Warham Road, Atterbury Road, Devon Gardens, Pemberton Road, Cyprus Close, Rutland Gardens, Mattison Road, Salisbury Road, Essex Gardens, Duckett Road, Kimberley Gardens, Grafton Gardens, Cavendish Road, Cleveland Gardens, Stanhope Gardens, Burgoyne Road, Chesterfield Gardens, Portland Gardens, Doncaster Gardens and Sussex Gardens
- The existing Green Lanes B CPZ times will be extended to 8.30am and 8.30pm on Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Friday 7 July, 8.30am and 8.30pm on Saturday 8 July, 8.30am and 8.30pm on Sunday 9 July in the following roads:
- Alroy Road, Conningsby Road, Endymion Road, Lothair Road North, Lothair Road South Tancred Road and Venetia Road, N4
This means on the days and times listed above, vehicles must not park in any residents/business parking bay on these roads unless they display a valid Green Lanes CPZ (GLA & GLB) permit or visitors’ permit. Existing parking restrictions apply.
Although we are encouraging everybody who attends the concerts to use public transport Islington Council are putting in place further parking controls to ensure that the lives of their residents are not disrupted by additional traffic.
The controls will be similar to those in place on Arsenal match days, and act as a safeguard for residents. There will be additional enforcement patrols as the controlled parking hours will reflect arrival and departure times of festival goers. There will be no cost to those who already have a residents parking permit. There will be road closures so that the venue can be emptied quickly, efficiently and above all, safely. We do not plan to divert traffic along residential roads and all signed diversions will be on A-roads. We aim to keep duration of any closures as short as possible. Festival Republic are working with all three borough councils and their colleagues in TfL and the emergency services to minimise any disruption caused by these events.
To ensure that residents in the Finsbury Park area are not impacted by the increase in visitors driving to Wireless, Hackney Council will be extending the hours of control in Parking Zones G and G2 during the festival to 11pm.
During that time, vehicles will need to display a valid permit to park in any of the resident permit, permit holder only, business permit in the area between 8.30am and 11pm on Saturday 1 July and Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 July (7am and 11pm for Zone G2) and between 11am and 11pm on Sunday 9 July (for both zones). Parking in pay and display parking bays will retain the same hours of operation.
Warning signs and posters will be displayed in the areas affected to advise drivers of the changes to the hours of operation .
Please contact parking services on 020 8356 8877 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Unfortunately there will be road closures so that the venue can be emptied quickly, efficiently and above all safely. We do not plan to divert traffic along residential roads and all signed diversions will be on A-roads. We also aim to keep the duration of any closures as short as possible to minimise any disruption caused by these events.
Seven Sisters Road (between Hornsey Road and Green Lanes) and Stroud Green Road (between Seven Sisters Road and Tollington Park/Upper Tollington Park) will be closed between 9.45-11pm on Saturday 1 July and Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July. It will be closed between 9.30-10.45pm on Sunday 9 July. This is to ensure the safe egress of public leaving the park.
The roads will be closed at all junctions joining Seven Sisters Road between Hornsey Road and Green Lanes covering: Portland Rise, Brand Close, Alexandra Grove, Queens Drive, Wilberforce Road, Finsbury Park Road, Blackstock Road, Rock Street, Isledon Road, Coleridge Road, Yonge Park, Medina Road, Beriman Road, Thane Villas, Newington Barrow Way, Sonderburg Road, Durham Road, Pooles Park, Playford Road and Fonthill Road.
If you live in Fonthill Road, please keep hold of the Residents' letter, which will act as a permit to show our security and traffic marshals that access is permitted.
The roads will be closed at all junctions joining Stroud Green Road between Seven Sisters Road and Tollington Park/Upper Tollington Park covering; Wells Terrace, Morris Place, Lennox Road & Perth Road.
We would ask that you plan your travel options carefully. The concerts finish at 10pm on Friday and both Saturdays and 9.45pm on Sunday, so please ensure you have looked at all options open to you to get home or to your next destination.
To plan your journey beforehand please visit the Transport for London website (external link).
To get to the festivals from Finsbury Park, leave the station via the Station Place entrance/exit and walk along Seven Sisters Road for a few minutes until you reach the park entrance. The festival main entrance will be just within the park entrance and will be clearly visible and signposted.
- Train - Several National Rail services from Kings Cross stop at Finsbury Park national rail station, please check the National Rail website (external link) for a timetable
- Tube - Finsbury Park is served by two Tube stations – Finsbury Park (Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and Manor House (Piccadilly line)
After the event, those wishing to use Victoria line services are advised to use Finsbury Park station and those needing Piccadilly line services are advised to use Manor House station near the north east corner of the park. This is closer to the event exit.
Please note: a managed queuing system will be in place at both stations to safely control the flows into the stations post event. To avoid these queues, there are also fast National Rail services from Finsbury Park to King’s Cross station.
For those arriving at Finsbury Park and Manor House Tube stations on the Friday, there may be periods where London Underground staff advise you to leave the station without touching out with your Oyster or contactless cards - you will not be overcharged.
Staff and signage will be in place to help but please check the TfL website (external link) before you travel.
Buses in the Finsbury Park, Highbury, Holloway and Manor House areas will be affected. Some bus routes will be diverted or stopped short of their normal destination. More information on these can be found on the TfL website (external link).
Customer Notice to all concert goers
Please be aware that there is a Street Drinking Zone around Finsbury Park station (London borough of Islington) which prevents any person from drinking alcohol from open vessels. There will be a large police presence on event days actively enforcing the Street Drinking Zone to ensure there is no on-street drinking. Please be advised to drink responsibly and not try to enter the concert in an intoxicated state as you will be refused entry if you are deemed unfit through either drink or drugs.
The Metropolitan and British Transport Police will do everything they can to make sure people have an enjoyable time at events and offer the following advice. Being careful, and taking some simple precautions, can reduce the risk of you becoming a victim. Here are some steps to help you have a safe and enjoyable concert:
- Avoid taking unnecessary valuables with you - only take what you really need. Take the serial numbers and descriptions of your valuables
- Register your mobile phone IMEI number and the serial numbers of other valuables for free on the Immobilise website (external link) or similar property registration sites
- Avoid displaying your phone and valuables unnecessarily, for example photographing or recording the bands
- If you travel by car, lock and empty it of valuables and leave the glove compartment open and conspicuously empty
- Be aware that in a crowded environment, where contact with other people is unavoidable, thieves will try to unzip/unbutton pockets and bags
- Be aware of the behaviour of those around you. Report anything suspicious to a security guard or police officer
- Stick with your friends and identify a suitable meeting point so if you do get split up you can find each other even if someone has lost their phone or had it stolen
- If you lose your mobile phone ensure that you contact your network provider to ask for the SIM card and handset to be blocked, and report the loss via the Immobilise website (external link)
- When using a credit or debit card shield the keypad to protect your PIN
Use the same common sense as you would on any other night out and:
- Drink responsibly
- Look after your friends
- Walk away from trouble
Haringey Council actively discourages anyone from using the Wireless Events at Finsbury Park as an opportunity to undertake unlicensed street trading. Please take note that Enforcement Teams will be deployed to deal with unlicensed street traders in the area of Finsbury Park throughout the three days of events.
Enforcement Teams will confiscate goods from illegal street traders and take prosecution action against offenders. This will include taking enforcement action in the boroughs of Islington and Hackney if necessary. Official merchandise will only be available inside the event arena.
Any property that is found during the event will be handed to the security team, and taken to the Welfare Point where it will be logged.
During the events and until the Wednesday after the last Wireless day all lost property will be kept onsite. If you would like to reclaim any lost property please contact Festival Republic by emailing email@example.com
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