Breaking News: Arsenal’s bid to host more concerts hits the High Court

12:19 22 July 2014

Arsenal want to increase the number of concerts they can hold at the Emirates

Arsenal want to increase the number of concerts they can hold at the Emirates


Arsenal’s bid to host more concerts like the recent sell-out Bruce Springsteen and Green Day gigs has reached the high court.

The latest chapter in long-running saga between the club and Islington Council has seen the FA Cup holders claim there was a “clear error” in the decision to curb the number of shows they can host.

The Gunners had applied to up the number of concerts it can hold per year from three to six, but the town hall turned down the bid, a decision which was then upheld by a planning inspector in January.

Many people who live in the area have voiced concerns over noise and rowdy music fans during previous gigs featuring Muse, Coldplay and others which generated hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra revenue for the Premier League giants.

The inspector said that if Arsenal could afford to buy a player like midfielder Mesut Özil for £43million from Real Madrid in the summer, it could not plead poverty.

But today Dan Kolinsky, representing the club, told Mr Justice Cranston at the High Court in London the inspector’s decision was legally flawed and should not be allowed to stand.

Applying for judicial review, Mr Kolinksy submitted the inspector had failed to apply the law correctly when he decided the proposal to double the number of concerts “did not accord with the development plan” for the stadium.

He told the judge: “We say there is a clear error on the face of the decision letter.”

Lawyers for the inspector and Islington are arguing the inspector followed the correct approach and there is no substance in the club’s challenge.

Cllr Andy Hull, who represents Highbury West ward, said: “We refused the application because it struck the wrong balance between the club’s commercial interests and the interests of the local community.

He added: “I hope the judge at the High Court gives them short shrift. Rather than wasting everyone’s time and effort with endless appeals about these gigs, Arsenal should engage constructively with us on a range of pressing local issues, from where to park fans’ coaches to how to pay their match-day staff a Living Wage.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Cllr Joe Calouri

More foster carers are urgently needed to help with unaccompanied asylum seeker children, Islington Council has said.

CCTV footage of the raid at Windsor Bishop jewellers in Norwich carried out by Islington smash and grab raiders Alfredo Rojasvagras, Bradley McMillan,  Mark Moloney and Dillon Zambon with two other associates. Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Islington’s smash and grab shame was thrown back into the spotlight this week, after three men – and one boy – from the borough were jailed for a combined 20 years for a jewellery shop robbery.

A photo from a previous canal clean-up

Boaters and local people will on Sunday take to the water and towpaths to clean up a section of Regent’s Canal that runs from Islington Tunnel to Mile End Park.

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact police on 101 quoting image 191154 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Police have released a video of a chilling knifepoint robbery in Clerkenwell Close in hopes of identifying a man they want to speak to.

Yesterday, 17:42
Ruumi founders Jack Archer (L) and Pete James (R)

Anyone with experience of flat-hunting in London will know just how difficult it is to find a decently-priced cupboard to rent – let alone flatmates with whom you have anything in common.

Yesterday, 09:36
Battersea’s longest serving volunteer Laurence Ackland-Smith, Battersea Chairman Heather Love, the Kennedy family, Battersea Chief Executive Claire Horton and a Freightliners volunteer

Battersea Dogs Home founder Mary Tealby has been honoured with an Islington People’s Plaque near the spot where she set up the original animal shelter.

Mon, 17:59
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his first keynote speech on day three of the Labour Party annual conference. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn is due to speak at a protest against postal cuts in Manchester today, as his rival party meets in the city for its conference.

Mon, 14:16
Doug Richard pictured in 2013

A former Dragons’ Den star from Islington appeared in court over child sex charges today.

Most read news


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder