THE fate of once of Swindon's biggest festivals remains in the balance after a meeting to decide whether it can go ahead as planned was postponed. 

Wiltshire Council was due to decide whether or not to grant The Culture Collective, the company responsible for Live at Lydiard, a premises licence to take place in its new Lydiard Tregoze site. 

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But the meeting set for March 29 was postponed until April 26.

"The hearing for Live at Lydiard has been extended by 18 working days by Wiltshire Council’s Licensing Authority under Regulation 11 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005 because it is considered by the Council to be necessary in the public interest," the authority explained. 

"This was due to a number of factors including: parties to the hearing unable to attend due to covid and it gives an opportunity to gather and consider further relevant information & documentation."

Live at Lydiard debuted at Lydiard Park on August 21 last year, with acts like Anne Marie and Dizzee Rascal entertaining a 10,000-strong Swindon crowd despite a storm delaying things. 

This year's event has been announced, with tickets going on sale last month, and organisers are hoping to make it bigger than ever, with a capacity of 14,000-plus but that will depend on the licensing decision for the new Park Farm, Hook Street venue. 

The Northern Area Licensing Committee will meet at the Chippenham council offices on April 26 to make that decision.