Deafening midnight chants and 2-hour queues for the London Underground: the reality of living meters away from Wembley Stadium

Residents living near Wembley Stadium have complained that people were making a mess and singing in the streets ‘until 2am’ after two Harry Styles concerts at the iconic arena over the weekend.

The morning after the second concert, the clean-up operation looks pretty good. There are no overflowing trash cans or stained sidewalks. Every once in a while there is a pile of feathers, remnants of boas that many fans wore to the concert as a tribute to Harry’s fashion style, but you would hardly be aware of the “chaos” that had taken place the previous days.

On social media, there were stories of people waiting for hours in queues for the metro and revelers choosing to pass the time by singing the songs they had heard a short time ago.

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The street from Wembley Stadium to the nearest tube station is often packed with huge crowds after big events

Posting on Twitter, one person described the situation as “wacky” as long queues meant people missed the last train and were forced to look for other ways to get home. Another said the queue for the station was “the worst I’ve ever seen” and suggested things could have been “dangerous” with that many people in such a small space.

And while fans sang deep into the night, filled with memories of seeing their hero perform on one of the nation’s biggest stages, the reality for those who live nearby is less appealing.

Mudar Vyas, who lives in a building with her husband a stone’s throw from the stadium, summed up the mood of the event days. She said, “It’s noisy. It really is. Sometimes it can last until 1am and for people with children they may have trouble falling asleep. In general, things are going well here. The building is nice, there are things for us to do. But when it comes to events at Wembley, it can be quite chaotic.

Her neighbour, Fowsiya Abdi, suggested celebrations could sometimes go on “until 3 a.m.” and said people living near the venue should keep their windows closed to avoid noise.

She said: “If we keep our windows closed it’s fine – you can’t hear anything even though it’s so close. But in summer, you have to open them otherwise it’s too hot. So that’s a bit of a problem. »

Fowsiya added that many people choose to go to the toilet outside his block, even when there are cellphones nearby. She said it “isn’t very hygienic”, especially since there are many families living near the stadium and it can be difficult to clean.



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Sadiya Noor, who also lives in a nearby building, said she spent hours cleaning up debris from onlookers who made their way onto her balcony. She agreed there were many benefits to living at Wembley, but there could be issues when major events were taking place at the stadium.

Sadiya said, “One of the biggest problems is the traffic it causes. The roads are blocked and sometimes you have to decide whether to go out or stay all day. We are also struggling to receive visits from friends and family due to restrictions during event days. Then there is noise and dirt. In the summer it feels like there is something going on most months. And I don’t think they’re going to stop having stuff there.

Last year, Brent Council approved plans to allow 46 full-capacity events at Wembley Stadium, which hosts 90,000 people each year. This covers 24 non-sporting events – previously the number was limited to 15 – as well as 22 annual on-field sporting events.

The sporting limit does not include matches where England or the United Kingdom are a host country, as is the case with the European Women’s Football Championships this year. In 2021, there were scenes of destruction during the Euro 2020 football final between England and Italy, which led to an investigation into the handling of major events at Wembley.

Brent Council has since implemented a drinking ban in areas near the stadium at certain sporting events, which it says has been a “success” in addressing anti-social behavior issues.

A Wembley Stadium spokesperson said: “Our events generate tremendous benefits for the region, London and the wider economy. We work closely with Brent council, residents and businesses throughout their planning processes to minimize any disruption to the local community and provide a safe environment for our audiences. We are also subject to various restrictions, which include both curfews and a limited number of event days per year, which limit impacts.

The Local Democracy Information Service has contacted Brent Council for comment on residents’ concerns during the event days.

Bonny J. Streater