The park will be alive with music

Sports Star: Irfan Shabir presents runner Jody Hart with his runner-up award in the Sportsman of the Year category for the Matlock Mercury Sports Awards 2012.
Sports Star: Irfan Shabir presents runner Jody Hart with his runner-up award in the Sportsman of the Year category for the Matlock Mercury Sports Awards 2012.

CONCERNS that the Music in the Park event may not be going ahead because of a disagreement between organisers and the District Council have been quashed.

Users on social networking sites – such as Facebook and Twitter – had been speculating as to whether planned council charges for the use of Hall Leys Park put the event in jeopardy.

However, the Matlock Mercury can confirm that Music in the Park by Maazi is due to go ahead as planned on Saturday, September 1.

Keith Postlethwaite, from Derbyshire Dales District Council, explained that councillors always consider whether charging is appropriate for events on the scale of Music in the Park.

He said: “In this case we never said a charge would definitely be made and councillors have decided there won’t be a hire fee.”

This is certainly good news for music lovers who can now sit back and look forward to what promises to be a fantastic day.

Irfan Shabir, event organiser and Maazi Indian Restaurant owner, said: “This will be a fantastic day for Matlock as nothing like this has ever been planned for the town before.”

With sounds from every corner of the globe, Irfan is confident that this world music event will be enjoyed by people in Matlock and further afield.

Irfan said: “For Movies in the Park there were people from Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and all over down.

“In the restaurant later that day there were even people from London who couldn’t believe what a fantastic Matlock was.”

This event promises to be twice the size of his previous brainchild Movies in the Park, though.

Despite the fact the event is over two months away 45 of the 50 stalls have already been sold to businesses across the Dales and the line-up – which will showcase music from every continent – is already bursting with talent from the Dales and further afiled.

Irfan said: “This event will put Matlock on the map and will showcase what a great place it is, what great people live here and what great businesses we have here.”