Lottery winner angers neighbours with 'intolerable' festival after $283 million prize

What would you do it you won the lottery?

Well, this seems like a pretty good place to start.

A lucky winner who scooped up an eye-watering £148 million (AUD $283 million in today’s conversion) has announced the return of a ‘mini Glastonbury’ festival to be hosted in his back yard.

Noise complaints from neighbours be damned, he says.

Festival goers attend a previous event at the Lottery winner's estate.
The estate is owned by Adrian Bayford who scooped up £148 million in the EuroMillions in 2012. Source: Jam Press

The Cambridge Rock Festival takes place on on his estate, east of Linton, Cambridgeshire, which he picked up after winning the life-changing sum of money in a EuroMillions draw in 2012. He won alongside his now ex-wife, Gillian.

The four-day festival first took place in 2017 and 2018 with the event hosting up to 2,000 revellers. It was set to take place again this year however it was cancelled after organisers were requested to get a permanent licence for the event. It had previously used a temporary licence to host the festival.

Concerns were raised by locals about "intolerable" noise and a "severe disturbance to peace". However despite the complaints, it has now been announced that the festival will get the go-ahead in 2024.

The event offers a ‘pay what you can afford’ full festival ticket which starts at £129 (AUD$247) while there are also much cheaper day tickets.

An Aerial view of the site of the Cambridge Rock Festival.
An Aerial view of the site of the Cambridge Rock Festival. Source: Jam Press

A statement posted to the event’s website reads: “Whilst it's too late for this year, we are pleased to announce that the Cambridge Rock Festival has been granted its premises licence, which will allow CRF 2024 to go ahead.

“Together with praise from the licensing sub-committee for putting on an event with such careful consideration for the local area.

“We will be shortly announcing the first acts who are very kindly rolling over their performances on to 2024.”

Rock on.

Jam Press

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