Pagan music festival is coming to Trawden

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A CONTROVERSIAL music festival is rumoured to be taking place in Trawden over the August bank holiday weekend.

The Shamania Festival, which has been held in Blacko and Roughlee in the past, is being revived, and is set to take place on land near to Trawden recreation ground from Friday August 26th to Sunday 28th.

Boulsworth councillors have expressed concerns over the rumours, following complaints from residents in the past over noise, anti-social behaviour and litter.

Coun. Paul White said: “The Shamania Festival’s website says the location of the event is top secret but directions on tickets send revellers to a field at the top of Rock Lane in Trawden.

“I’m all for events which promote our area, and tourism, but it must be the right kind of event, at the right time, and in the right place.”

Coun. White also said that he was worried about the stretch on police resources, with the festival being held on the same weekend as the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne.

He said: “When we have such a large festival in Colne already over that weekend, to have another in the same district could put a huge strain on resources.

“Additionally, it is to be held in a field which is accessed through very narrow roads. Visitors are being sent through Winewall which could be particularly problematic.”

The four day long Shamania Festival which has its roots in paganism has, in the past, attracted revellers from across Pendle and beyond.

Up to 400 people are expected to descend on Trawden for the event which will include 50 hours of psychedelic trance and techno music.

The festival was granted a temporary events licence by Pendle Council back in June, after being given the go-ahead from police.

Pendle Council’s public health manager, Richard Walsh said: “Similar events were held at this venue in 2009, 2010 and in June this year which did not present any noise or other disturbance problems. Nevertheless, staff in our noise pollution team will be working throughout the August bank holiday weekend.

“Residents who live close to the Shamania event site who feel that they are affected by noise from the event can call 07929 763862 day or night to speak to a member of the team.”

The organiser of the Shamania Festival, Adrian Lord, was unavailable to comment.