A significant change of policy has averted controversy over the forthcoming concert by Mumford & Sons in Lewes as part of the Gentlemen Of The Road tour.
A discordant note was struck when it emerged that terms and conditions for the two-day extravaganza at the Convent Field did not allow for re-admission.
There was local outcry over the no re-entry rule, which meant that once a festival goer entered the site they would not be able to leave and come back again – and so not patronise local shops and pubs.
But on Wednesday a spokesman for Gentlemen Of The Road said there had been a change of heart.
A statement said: “Following exhaustive discussions with partner agencies, Gentlemen Of The Road and production staff are pleased to announce that they will be implementing a reconfiguration of the festival site which will now allow re-admission for all festival goers at the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover show in Lewes this July.
“Gentlemen Of The Road hope that everyone will now be able to look forward to this event as much as we are all anticipating being there, and ensuring the smooth running of these shows.
“Once again we ask that any local businesses wishing to get involved on site contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about remaining pitches in either the main arena or The Priory Market.”
A spokesperson for Lewes District Council said it was great to hear that people will be able to come and go from the festival site on July 19-20.
“Lewes District Council is working with Lewes Town Council and local businesses to lay on a great welcome to visitors and fantastic activities across the town throughout the weekend” they said.
The town will buzz with activity on the Friday afternoon before the first gig, on the Saturday and for the wind down on the Sunday.
Lewes District Council Leader Cllr James Page, said: “The council, organisers and local businesses are pulling out all the stops to give visitors a great welcome and a wonderful experience of Lewes throughout the weekend. It’ll be a real boost to business in the town and promises great fun for locals too.”
Activities lined up on Friday, July 19, include a charity five-a-side football tournament with Mumford & Sons and other bands at Lewes FC’s ground, The Dripping Pan.
Further details of events will be published next week.