Dance festival eyes up the racecourse

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Organisers of a popular dance festival are eyeing up Wetherby Racecourse to host the annual event this September.

The Mint Festival has applied to Leeds City Council for a license to host the one day festival at the racecourse, which would mark a return to the Leeds area after the event was forced to move to Lincolnshire last year.

Previously the dance event, which is linked to the Mint nightclub on Harrison Street in Leeds and the Cocoon in the Park event which is held at Temple Newsam, and was held at Lotherton Hall near Aberford.

In 2014 the organisers released a statement on its website critisiing Leeds City Council for not wanting to support or host the event in its parks venues.

Organisers secured Light Water Valley as a venue, however, after local authorities and police raised concerns, Mint Festival was moved to Lincolnshire Showground.

On the Mint festival website, a statement said: “It was clear we had outgrown Lotherton Hall and no way would we put everyone through the same issues as 2013 particularly those relating to leaving the event.

“Of course it is a huge blow to be forced into a move out of the Leeds area but we were desperate not to lose a festival.”

The Lincolnshire Echo reported that the festival wasn’t without difficulties and noise complaints were made from as far as six miles away.

Jonjo Sanderson, Chief Executive of Wetherby Racecourse said the organisers were hoping to host the event at the racecourse in September subject to licensing.

He said: “It will be a very new thing for the racecourse.

“The concerns of previous years have been worked through and plans are in place to remedy any of the concerns.”

He added: “Certainly the impression I have got was that people are happy to have it back in the Leeds area.”

Organisers were unavailable when the Wetherby News contacted them.

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