The Portrush Beach Party will not be held again following allegations of anti-social behaviour at this year’s event, it has been confirmed.
Around 18,000 revellers descended upon East Strand Car Park for the show in June, which was headlined by dance act The Chemical Brothers.
But when the promoters requested to hold the party again next year, Coleraine Borough Council voted against it.
Deputy Mayor William Creelman said the council had been lobbied by businesses not to allow it to go ahead. He said there were problems with people “drug taking, drink and people urinating in gardens”.
A statement from Coleraine Borough Council said: “Council declined the proposals (from the promoters) and confirmed that they would consider alternative entertainment to attract a different target audience, which would not result in anti-social behaviour, upsetting to both residents and local business proprietors.”
Eddie Wray, of PLM Promotions, said he was disappointed at the news but that he had ‘total and utter respect’ for the council’s decision.
“But there will also be numerous businesses and at least 18,000 people who will be very disappointed that the event is not going ahead again.”