Festival noise sparks anger

DISGRUNTLED Suffolk residents have complained after they were kept awake for half the night by loud music coming from a musical festival.

Freekie Fest, an event which features drum and base music, took place on the Essex border, near Lamarsh, at the weekend.

The festival was granted permission by Braintree District Council to play music and serve alcohol until 4am on Sunday morning.

Despite living more than a mile away, villagers in Bures could hear the music into the early hours.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said she contacted police about the matter.

“I had a terrible night’s sleep,” she said.

“At first, I didn’t know where it was coming from so I phoned the police and they told me it was an organised event. I think there were a lot of people near me who were affected.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said a number of calls had been received about the event – which claims to be run for members only, up to a maximum capacity of 500 people – and that Essex Police were informed.

She added that officers from Suffolk Police had also been sent to the festival to talk to organisers about noise levels.

A spokeswoman for Braintree DistrictCouncil said: “Freekie Fest had a temporary event licence and organisers informed police about this.

“The event did generate a lot of noise and four complaints were made.”

The festival’s organisers were unavailable for comment.

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