Success for new Burnley event Drop The Beat

Rob Tissera was one of the acts who entertained the crowds

Rob Tissera was one of the acts who entertained the crowds

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

PROMOTERS of one of Burnley’s largest-ever dance music events have promised to come back bigger and better after impressing crowds at Towneley Park.

More than 1,000 people braved temperamental weather conditions to watch K-Klass, Rob Tissera and Stu Allan light up the Drop The Beat Festival.

Burnley actor Muzz Khan, 32, also made a rare trip back to play his first ever hometown DJ set.

And if future discussions with council bosses bear fruit, festival organisers Madge Nawaz and Craig Kennedy may be back in 2015 with a weekend gathering.

So far the festival’s roots have been in dance music, with the pair testing the water with two smaller gigs last year.

But with question marks over the aborted Towneley Live event still looming, the promoters steered clear of rock and pop names. However there could be a change of heart if Drop The Beat has a third outing in 12 months time.

Madge said: “It was absolutely fantastic - really successful. The weather was a bit on and off but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

“We are not businessmen - we just wanted to put something on to bring people into Burnley, we used local companies and there were around 100 staff working during the day.

“Next year we could look at getting some 80s bands, on the Friday, for the older audience, and then have dance music on the Saturday.”

Mayor of Burnley Coun Andy Tatchell was in attendance and a number of senior councillors were on hand to give their support.

More than 25 acts formed part of the line-up. One festival-goer, Darrell Durrant, said on Twitter: “Drop the Beat was a massive success aaaaand I have no voice left!”

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1:33am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cliviger Gal says...

I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this.
I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.
I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this. I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year. Cliviger Gal
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8:54am Wed 20 Aug 14

Onlyme1985 says...

Cliviger Gal wrote:
I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this.
I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.
There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cliviger Gal[/bold] wrote: I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this. I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.[/p][/quote]There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!! Onlyme1985
  • Score: 2

9:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cliviger Gal says...

Having lived in Burnley all my life, including Turf Moor, the part of Burnley you hear the noise from Towneley Park depends very much on weather conditions, especially in which direction the wind blows.

I have no intention of making derogatory comments on people's likes & dislikes. I am not trying to prevent further festivals but I would appreciate consideration of noise levels for those who do not want to hear that level of bass for an entire weekend.

As 1000 tickets were sold then the £5,000 donation for their charity sending school equipment over-seas is great.
Having lived in Burnley all my life, including Turf Moor, the part of Burnley you hear the noise from Towneley Park depends very much on weather conditions, especially in which direction the wind blows. I have no intention of making derogatory comments on people's likes & dislikes. I am not trying to prevent further festivals but I would appreciate consideration of noise levels for those who do not want to hear that level of bass for an entire weekend. As 1000 tickets were sold then the £5,000 donation for their charity sending school equipment over-seas is great. Cliviger Gal
  • Score: 4

11:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cliviger Gal says...

Sorry - I thought £5 per ticket is to be donated but I have been told it's £3.
If that's the case £3000 is still a great sum.
Sorry - I thought £5 per ticket is to be donated but I have been told it's £3. If that's the case £3000 is still a great sum. Cliviger Gal
  • Score: 2

11:57am Wed 20 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

Onlyme1985 wrote:
Cliviger Gal wrote:
I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this.
I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.
There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!!
Oh so that means it's OK then does it? Because Cliviger's an affluent area it means that the residents don't have the right to a bit of peace and quiet, or to express an opinion. Luckily for you, the wind was in the right direction which meant that you could hear DtB loud and clear all over the area South East of the park. I'll bet you'd have been screaming like a girl to anyone who'd listen if it had affected you.

Given the fact that the organisers were trumpeting the fact that it was going to be the biggest dance event Burnley has ever witnessed, 1000 turnout was p!$$-poor, you get more in The Mix on a Friday night! 2011's Towneley Live event attracted more than 12000 people and you couldn't hear a thing if you weren't there.

I like my dance music as much as anyone else, but I have the good grace not to inflict it on those who don't want it. I for one will be putting objections forward if there's even the slightest suggestion of the possibility of a repeat event next year.
[quote][p][bold]Onlyme1985[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cliviger Gal[/bold] wrote: I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this. I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.[/p][/quote]There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!![/p][/quote]Oh so that means it's OK then does it? Because Cliviger's an affluent area it means that the residents don't have the right to a bit of peace and quiet, or to express an opinion. Luckily for you, the wind was in the right direction which meant that you could hear DtB loud and clear all over the area South East of the park. I'll bet you'd have been screaming like a girl to anyone who'd listen if it had affected you. Given the fact that the organisers were trumpeting the fact that it was going to be the biggest dance event Burnley has ever witnessed, 1000 turnout was p!$$-poor, you get more in The Mix on a Friday night! 2011's Towneley Live event attracted more than 12000 people and you couldn't hear a thing if you weren't there. I like my dance music as much as anyone else, but I have the good grace not to inflict it on those who don't want it. I for one will be putting objections forward if there's even the slightest suggestion of the possibility of a repeat event next year. rudis_dad
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Wed 20 Aug 14

midas says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Onlyme1985 wrote:
Cliviger Gal wrote:
I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this.
I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.
There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!!
Oh so that means it's OK then does it? Because Cliviger's an affluent area it means that the residents don't have the right to a bit of peace and quiet, or to express an opinion. Luckily for you, the wind was in the right direction which meant that you could hear DtB loud and clear all over the area South East of the park. I'll bet you'd have been screaming like a girl to anyone who'd listen if it had affected you.

Given the fact that the organisers were trumpeting the fact that it was going to be the biggest dance event Burnley has ever witnessed, 1000 turnout was p!$$-poor, you get more in The Mix on a Friday night! 2011's Towneley Live event attracted more than 12000 people and you couldn't hear a thing if you weren't there.

I like my dance music as much as anyone else, but I have the good grace not to inflict it on those who don't want it. I for one will be putting objections forward if there's even the slightest suggestion of the possibility of a repeat event next year.
and hopefully fewer people will listen to those complaints as to this whine. Go away for the day.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Onlyme1985[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cliviger Gal[/bold] wrote: I would like to put the point of view that for the enjoyment of 1000 people at the festival, far more people, who are Burnley residents, had to endure 11 hours of a very loud bass beat. We had no choice but to endure this. I dread the thought that Burnley Council would sanction a 2 day event next year.[/p][/quote]There's always somebody who wants to complain!! Funny how the people if cliviger heard the music but my child's family who live next to the turf didn't. I bet you're not bothered about a large percentage of the money going to charity either are you. If it's not flower arranging or farm yard parties you stuck up people don't like it. News flash for you, nobody cares!! If the festival even makes £1 for charity then good on the organisers. Bring on next year!!!![/p][/quote]Oh so that means it's OK then does it? Because Cliviger's an affluent area it means that the residents don't have the right to a bit of peace and quiet, or to express an opinion. Luckily for you, the wind was in the right direction which meant that you could hear DtB loud and clear all over the area South East of the park. I'll bet you'd have been screaming like a girl to anyone who'd listen if it had affected you. Given the fact that the organisers were trumpeting the fact that it was going to be the biggest dance event Burnley has ever witnessed, 1000 turnout was p!$$-poor, you get more in The Mix on a Friday night! 2011's Towneley Live event attracted more than 12000 people and you couldn't hear a thing if you weren't there. I like my dance music as much as anyone else, but I have the good grace not to inflict it on those who don't want it. I for one will be putting objections forward if there's even the slightest suggestion of the possibility of a repeat event next year.[/p][/quote]and hopefully fewer people will listen to those complaints as to this whine. Go away for the day. midas
  • Score: -2

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