Food ban warning for Leeds Party in the Park fans

Revellers at last year' s Party in the Park.
Revellers at last year' s Party in the Park.
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Music fans have been banned from bringing their own food into this year’s Party in the Park pop concert in Leeds.

Revellers have previously been able to take snack-filled picnic hampers and cooler boxes into the event, held in the grounds of Temple Newsam House.

This time around, however, fans will not be allowed access to the site if they are carrying anything more than a single 500ml bottle of water.

Leeds City Council says the rules have been put in place to try to attract a more diverse range of caterers to the event, following feedback from fans who attended in previous years. It also says income from food and drink has been identified as a way of meeting the “substantial” cost of staging the concert – which this summer is charging people for admission for the first time in its history.

A spokesman for the council said: “Conditions on bringing food and drink into the venue are stated on the tickets and when purchasing online.

“Details of caterers including menu options and prices will also be available on the official event website shortly, with reminder e-mails sent in the run-up to the [concert] to those who bought tickets online.”

The council also said it would consider written requests for special arrangements for people who have specific dietary requirements due to a medical condition.

Party in the Park is taking place this year on Sunday, July 28.

Acts on the bill include Olly Murs, Professor Green, Blue, Scouting For Girls and Stooshe.

It is being organised by the council and 96.3 Radio Aire and counts the Yorkshire Evening Post as its media partner.

General admission costs £10, although discounts of as much as £5 are available to holders of leisure passes such as Breezecards and LEEDSCards. Tickets can be bought from the www.radioaire.com/partyinthepark web page.

Purchases can also be made in person or over the phone from the Carriageworks theatre complex in Millennium Square (0113 224 3801) or the visitor centre at Leeds City Station.

Council bosses have said that funding cuts left them with no option but to end Party in the Park’s long-standing free admission status.

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