Sunday 20 October 2019

Wrong to disrupt music sets for England match – festival director

Jim King said BST organisers would find a happy medium for football fans and music lovers at Hyde Park.

The Barclaycard-sponsored event will take place over two weekends starting on Friday (Matt Crossick/PA)
The Barclaycard-sponsored event will take place over two weekends starting on Friday (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Isabel Togoh, Press Association

The event director of one of London’s biggest music festivals has said it would be wrong to interrupt performances to show England’s World Cup match on Saturday.

Jim King, director of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time (BST) festival in Hyde Park, added that doing so would be unjust to artists and paying fans who have dished out to experience the music.

When asked if performances would be paused he told the Press Association: “No – personally I think that’s wrong, it’s unfair on the artists and unfair on the fans.

Country duo The Shires will be performing at the festival (Joe Giddens/PA)

“It is an all-music schedule on Saturday, people paid a lot of money to come and see all of those bands and we need to remember that and not lose sight of the fact that people are coming to see all of those artists throughout the day.

“Whilst everyone’s caught up in the euphoria of this, not everybody wants to have their Cure event experience disrupted that much so we’ve gotta be very mindful of that and sensitive towards that. But we’ll find a happy medium.”

Mr King added that organisers will find a “happy medium” to keep football fans satisfied, and will make an announcement on screening arrangements in the coming days.

But the team will take timings into consideration after England’s first knockout match against Colombia took longer than expected.

Bruno Mars is one of the acts on the second weekend (Florent Dechard/PA)

He said: “Problem is, no one knows how long these things are gonna take and if you saw Tuesday, it’s the best part of three hours – it’s not practical for us to just become a fanzone for three hours and ask fans not to perform, it’s just not possible.”

The Barclaycard-sponsored event, now in its sixth year, will take place over two weekends starting on Friday.

Bruno Mars, Michael Buble and The Cure will be among the array of performers across genres.

England face Sweden in a quarter-final match on Saturday at 3pm.

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