People on the internet do like to get irrationally angry about things, don’t they? The dance music community is little different in that regard – hence why quite a few people are losing their minds over various events in London currently being rescheduled due to the death of the Queen last week.
A Caribbean festival was cancelled by the council at the weekend, making Mixmag angry – oh, the horror! Elsewhere, Boiler Room were due to hold an event in Burgess Park on Saturday 17th September, but has also been pulled after Southwark Council told them they could no longer stage the event.
Now, we’re not massive royalists by any stretch of the imagination here at Ears To The House – but since these venues can’t seemingly be bothered to explain themselves, we’ll see if we can shed some light on why they’re happening. We can’t possibly do any worse than Boiler Room did at announcing the news, after all.
So, as mentioned earlier, Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday at the age of 96. This has triggered a number of events to take place – including the lying-in-statr of Her Majesty at Westminster Hall, which begins today and ends at 6.30am on Monday. During this time, members of the public are invited to come to London to pay their respects if they so wish.
No one knows how many people are likely to wish to do this, because no reigning monarch has died in recent years. King George VI passed away in 1952, a time when fewer would have been able to make the journey than today. 200,000 people turned up when The Queen Mother’s lying in state took place in 2002 – estimates say anywhere between 500,000 and over a million could attend in the coming days.
This places significant pressure on the local authorities in London – particularly for the Met Police, who will have to maintain public order. It also puts a strain on the city’s public transport system – the Tube, trains, buses and taxis will all be much busier than normal. The result of this could be people being hugely delayed getting to events.
As for those trying to get home in the early hours, they could find themselves having difficulty doing so. London will also have a huge number of people coming to the city due to the funeral on Monday – most will travel in ahead of time. All of this combined means huge resources are going towards the lying-in-state and subsequent funeral.
Yes, it’s unfortunate these events have to be rescheduled or cancelled, but such is the way of the world. Just remember – next Tuesday, it’ll be all over and done with and life will go on as before…