Alchemy Festival: the aftermath

Those who remember the Alchemy Festival, held annually at Scholey Park, may be interested in a series of LincolnshireLive articles following the inquest of 48 year old Raymond Goy, a music producer from Lincoln, who died after taking Ecstasy at the festival:


Dad, 48, who died after taking MDMA ‘may not have been saved with earlier treatment’

“A man who became critically ill hours after taking MDMA would have more than likely died even if he had been taken to hospital sooner, an inquest has heard….” Continue reading


Equinox festival decision

Image courtesy Festival CalendarLast Monday East Lindsey District Council Licensing Sub-Committee decided to grant a premise licence to Medieval Chemistry Ltd. for the Equinox music festival at Scholey Park, Tattershall Thorpe, subject to modification. The Committee is applying stringent conditions, particularly regarding noise nuisance.

The application was made under the Licensing Act 2003, and the premise licence has been granted for one weekend (three consecutive days) in September 2016 only. It will expire at the end of 2016 event. Equinox has been advertised as taking place on the weekend of September 18th.

The decision was made following a grueling hearing, attended by Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillors and many others seeking outright rejection of the application. Continue reading

Equinox festival licence hearing

The application made by Medieval Chemistry Ltd to hold a music festival called Equinox on the weekend of September 18th at Scholey Park will be heard by the East Lindsey District Council Licensing Act 2003 Committee on July 4th at Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth.

Objections to the application have been submitted by Kirkby on Bain and Tattershall Parish Councils, Coningsby Town Council, two East Lindsey District Councillors and an unprecedented number of individuals living in Kirkby in Bain. No representations in favour of the application have been notified. Continue reading

Music Festivals update

Image courtesy Festival CalendarTwo applications have been made to hold music festivals this summer at Scholey Park, near Kirkby on Bain.

Earlier this week an open-ended application for a festival called Shanti was heard by East Lindsey District Council Licensing Sub-committee. A one-year licence was granted after due debate. This licence allows the organiser, whose aim is to raise funds for the Lincs2Nepal Charity, to play live and recorded music from 10 am to midnight on Friday 1 July and Saturday 2 July, and from 10am to 11pm on Sunday 3 July. One objection was made by a local couple who have suffered distress from noise nuisance during festivals held previously on this site.

Another application, relating to a proposed festival at Scholey Park, called Equinox, has been lodged by an unrelated company, Medieval Chemistry Ltd.,  Now under consideration by East Lindsey District Council Licensing team, this application seeks permission to play live music from 10 am to 2 am and recorded music from 10 am to 5am on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September and both live and recorded music from 10 am to midnight on Sunday 18 September. Continue reading

Alchemy Festival rebranded as Equinox?

Here we go again (again)!

Parish Councillors have learned that the proposers of a “new” festival called Equinox (September 16th-18th this year,) are already selling tickets, although with location to be confirmed, and are accepting Alchemy Ticket holders. Councillors also believe that the current organisers were previously involved with the running of Alchemy.

You can check the details on their website (which looks strangely familiar……)  I note that Equinox promises Over 100 bands and DJ’s, one great weekend!” – much the same promise made by Alchemy, who went out of business last year because they breached the terms of their licence, notably for exceeding noise levels. Councillors have not been notified by East Lindsey DC of any licence application for this event, but they were recently contacted directly by one of the organisers (April 29). Here is what Alison Armstrong wrote: Continue reading

Yet another festival near Kirkby on Bain?

One of our parish councillors has just spotted a notice on Facebook advertising a new summer festival to be held at Scholey Park. Shanti-Fest cheerfully announces it will be “The first of many to come” and claims that it “will be the UK’s first full weekend music festival run by a charity”.

After years of controversy surrounding the Alchemy Festival, held annually at the same venue until last year when it occupied a field even nearer our village, forgive me for smelling a rat.

I understand that as a result of breaching his licence conditions by playing music too loud last year, Alchemy organiser Geoff Gordon was charged with a criminal offence. Continue reading