Premier League Arsenal dumped out of rock stadium cup
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Legal, Local Government
We are not aMUSEd. Premier League Arsenal lose battle with Islington over Emirates rock gigs
Premier League football side Arsenal have been knocked out of the rock stadium cup, by Islington Council.
The club, which often comes quite close to winning the league, had applied to be allowed to double the amount of gigs it hosts in the summer months at its Emirates stadium - from three to six.
However, Islington council didn't like the sound of it and rejected the application back in January.
The Gunners went running off to the High Court, arguing that there was a "clear error" with the council's reasoning.
Alas, for Arsenal, the High Court's Justice Cranston today ruled that Islington had done nothing wrong.
Bands such as Muse and Coldplay have performed at the Emirates Stadium. Some decent acts have been known to play there too.
Cllr Andy Hull, the council's executive member for finance and a local ward councillor for Highbury West, said: “We’re delighted the High Court has upheld the council’s decision. Arsenal’s proposal struck the wrong balance between the club’s commercial interests and the interests of the local community."
Arsenal's chief exec, Ken Friar, had argued that the club needed extra gigs to raise funds to compete with other well off clubs.
However, a planning inspector said earlier in the year that if Arsenal could afford to throw away £43 million on an unremarkable midfielder like Mesut Ozil, they could not complain that they were poverty-stricken.