Plan your trip, keep safe and get Ready to Rock!

Tuesday 2nd August 2022

As Bangor prepares to party at the Let’s Rock concert on 6 August, partners involved in planning for the event are urging all concert goers to plan their trip and stay safe.

PSNI Superintendent, Gerry McGrath, said: "We want everyone attending to enjoy the day and have a good time, but we want them to do it safely. Working with the concert promoter, blue light agencies, ANDBC and Translink, we have put in place measures to make the event as safe and accessible as we can, but much depends on the co-operation of those attending.” 

Advice that concert organisers are encouraging attendees to follow includes:     

1.  Plan your trip in advance and use public transport

Bangor will be busy on the day of the concert; with some traffic and parking delays likely. For that reason, we are encouraging people to use public transport where possible.     

Translink’s Brian Goodfellow said: “Translink is running enhanced rail shuttle services between Bangor and Belfast for this event. Full details of how to purchase tickets and service information are available at Event Travel to Let's Rock (translink.co.uk)

He added: “We are working closely with event organisers and the PSNI to ensure safe and effective transport services and hope everyone enjoys a great day and night out. Passengers are reminded that alcohol consumption and smoking are strictly not permitted on trains, coaches and buses.”   

2.  Expect delays if you are driving and think about where you will park

There will be no parking in the immediate area of the concert site. Concert car parking is available at Valentine Playing Fields with access via Abbey Hill Drive.   Blue Badge parking available - access signposted via Gransha Road.

3.  Bring ID for entry to the event and if you want to use the bar facilities. 

Acceptable proof of age documents are:   

  • Official passport   
  • Photo driving licence   
  • Government approved Proof of Age card   
  • National Union of Students Card (NUS Card)        

4.  Drink responsibly

If you are of legal age and choose to consume alcohol, please drink responsibly. This is a Challenge under 25 event; so, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol.     

 5.  Pick-up - there will be no pick-up points in the immediate area of the concert site.

This will be rigorously enforced, and traffic delays are inevitable on roads around the site. It is suggested pick-ups are arranged further out at Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Hamilton Road, Newtownards Road or Belfast Road.  

6.  Respect the local area 

The area around Ward Park is residential. Please respect the property and privacy of those living in the vicinity of the park. Trespassing, anti-social behaviour or damage to property seriously compromises the future of events.

INFORMATION ON POTENTIAL ROAD CLOSURES

Ahead of Let’s Rock Northern Ireland, happening Saturday August 6th at Ward Park in Bangor, the concert organisers Gigantic would like to give advance notice of potential road closures which may occur during the event. The following roads may be closed between 9pm and 11.30pm, remaining fully open at all other times.

  • Gransha Road
  • Bloomfield Road
  • Castle Street
  • Castle Park Road
  • Castle Park Avenue
  • Abbey Street

This is to provide the walking route between the festival and the car parks, public transport and taxi services. Traffic diversions around any closures will be signposted. The festival opens at 12 midday, with the carparks opening at 08:30am: Travel – Let's Rock Northern Ireland (letsrocknorthernireland.com)