Ibiza Proms on the Seafront 2024

This summer’s Ibiza Proms orchestra performance is moving to Hove Lawns after delays were experienced at the planned Black Rock site.

Ibiza Proms was previously set to be the first event held at the redeveloped Black Rock site. Unfortunately, the new ​seafront site ​will not be ready to be used safely in time for the concert following a delay by Southern Water on work required to complete construction.

Out of concern for the gardens and open spaces, Friends of Palmeira & Adelaide, the Friends of Brunswick Square and Terraces, and Lansdowne Place Residents Association all registered objection to this event despite the very late notification. The event had a plan B of Hove Park, but the local residents had time and consultation with the council and the location was found to be unsuitable. There was wide objection from residents and there are already many planned concerts already Hove Park. Unfortunately as the council has moved this event with only 6 weeks notice our objections were not heard.

This by far is the largest festival of this sort to be proposed for the Lawns in recent years, and our concern is the event might leave a trail of destruction to not only the Lawns themselves and seafront, but also Adelaide, Palmeira, and Brunswick Gardens. The disturbance it could potentially cause on the actual event day will be on a scale not seen in this area before. We would anticipate noise levels to disrupt the tranquillity of the neighbourhood, and potential for large crowds using the gardens.

We have been told by Councillor Birgit Miller, there may be opportunity for goodwill gestures to be made towards local projects, so we are in discussion with the Council about that.

We believe that dialogue and collaboration between event organisers, local authorities and residents are essential to ensure that events held in our community are both enjoyable and respectful of the surrounding environment.

Of course, we hope the event will be a complete success, and our concerns unfulfilled!

On Saturday 29 June, ticket holders will get to enjoy Ibiza anthems from the 50 piece The Secret Symphony Orchestra as well as the recently announced special guest, world renowned DJ, Judge Jules.

Councillor Birgit Miller, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage & Tourism, said: “It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to move this event so late in the day, but it would be awful to disappoint so many residents and visitors who’ve bought tickets and planned their weekend.

“We looked at other venues, but this is the only site that works. We’ll work with the event organisers to make sure we minimise disruption to those living around Hove Lawns, but it’s great that the organisers can offer the chance of free tickets.

“It’s frustrating that Southern Water have had a delay to their works at Black Rock and the impact this has caused. We’re still looking forward to seeing the site used as an exciting new event space, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.”

The chance to claim free tickets will be available for residents living in the areas immediately surrounding Hove Lawns.