Licensing confusion over controversial Sherdley Park dance festival

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The organisers of the controversial Reminisce dance festival have announced they are coming back to St Helens - despite having no licence for the event.

They say the bash will be staged at Sherdley Park in September.

The St Helens Reporter has learned that the organisers have gained permission from the council to hold the event at the park but no application has been made for an all-important licence, which would able them to play music and serve alcohol.

It is expected an application will be made in the coming months but that would be subject to approval by councillors on the licensing committee.

The development will come as a blow to some neighbours who have complained about noise and antisocial behaviour.

The Liverpool-based organisers made a low-key announcement that they are returning to the borough, discreetly noting on their website that Sherdley Park would again be the festival’s venue.

Most earlier publications declined to mention where the festival would be held.

Last year’s event was marred by violence after a reveller was stabbed in the face.

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident.