Locals were faced with people peeing and throwing up in their front gardens this weekend as thousands of revellers descended on Crystal Palace Park for Wireless Festival.
Others took to social media to complain about the noise with some claiming their homes were shaking and that music could be heard as far away as three miles.
Jacopo, 33, who has recently moved to the area from Hackney witnessed someone throwing up outside his back garden off Crystal Palace Parade.
He said: “Over all of the streets there were people p****** and feeling sick.
“We understand that the park received money for this which is a good thing, I think now it’s been tried it is a matter of whether it’s worth keeping on doing it or pay a bit more attention in choosing which festivals come to the park.”
On Friday (September 10), festival goers had to queue for hours down Anerley Hill to get into the event, leading to complaints on social media from attendees.
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It also meant that people living in the road saw people going to the toilet in their gardens.
A mum of young twins in Pleydell Avenue made the decision to leave the area for the weekend after this happened to her on Friday.
The 38-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “People were weeing in our front garden and congregating here. I’ve got little children so we went to stay with my in-laws.
“We were expecting noise and we were fine with it, it was more the lack of control of crowds outside the festival which was really hard, I did hear it got better as the weekend went on though.”
Octavia Lillywhite who lives in Farquhar Road said that although the area was busy and noisy she was happy to put up with it for the weekend.
She said: “I think wherever we put it people will say it’s the wrong place. To be honest it was really nice to see young people out having normal lives.
“It was quite noisy throughout Sunday (September 12), I do sympathise with people who have kids.”
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Another woman who asked not to be named and lives off Anerley Hill told the Local Democracy Reporting Service she thinks Crystal Palace is the wrong place for the festival.
The 41-year-old said: “We had people wandering down here to do drugs by our bins, we couldn’t really go anywhere I found it quite difficult but my husband doesn’t agree with me – he says let the kids enjoy themselves.
“It wouldn’t be so bad if we knew how much was actually coming in, you want to know how much you’re getting for it.”
Others took to Twitter to complain about the noise festival, including Sky News’ Kate McCann, who said she could hear it from a mile away.
Another Twitter user wrote: “In Gipsy Hill and the house is vibrating. Noise is keeping my baby awake. Our residential road has been packed with people parking here and bizarrely just hanging out. Currently recording 80+DB from our bedroom.”
And from even further afield another man tweeted: “I live a good three miles away from Crystal Palace Park in Herne Hill and I can hear Wireless Festival. Wow!”
The top half of the park is still closed off to the public while the festival stage and infrastructure is taken down, it is expected to open again on Wednesday (September 15).
The Crystal Palace Park Trust acknowledged the concerns raised by locals and say that “lessons learned” include more a better queueing system and more toilets in place.
In a statement published on Sunday (September 12), it said: “Events are an important part of the trust’s business plan, and every penny that the trust raises in the park stays in the park.
“Revenue generated from music events has already funded our free Summer of Play for young people, free community events in August, and the upcoming restoration of the Concert Bowl’s platform.
“None of this would have been possible without revenue from events. Now that the Trust has resources for the first time, we will continue to consult the community on how they can be used to implement future projects and programmes that will benefit the park and its users.
“That process will begin this autumn, and we hope that you will share your thoughts on how we can improve the park during this exciting time.”