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Eminem's Bangor gig gets go-ahead

By Anne Madden

An open air music festival headlined by US rapper Eminem has been given the green light by North Down Borough Council after a late-night vote.

The Tennent's Vital two-day event in Bangor's Ward Park has already sold more than 55,000 tickets and had sold out Eminem's gig on the second night - yet an entertainment licence was only granted on Tuesday night by the council.

A total of 18 councillors attended a closed session meeting and voted 15 for and three against the licence.

Bangor resident Brian Ashworth had mounted a campaign against the festival, particularly in relation to controversial rapper Eminem, who performs on August 24.

Mr Ashworth argued that the council had given scant regard to residents' views and had been determined to "ramrod" through the decision.

"Although they had received many objections from residents, I was told that, according to legal advice, the council was bound to contracts with MCD promotions and that any vote against the entertainment licence would subject the council to breach of contract and being sued," Mr Ashworth said.

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