WHALLEY â€” The FVDED in the Park festival this past weekend posed no policing problems for the Surrey RCMP.
The festival of electronic, R&B and hip-hop music turned Surreyâ€™s Holland Park into a â€œblock-party environment."
FVDED in the Park was brought to the site as a ticketed event by Live Nation Canada, which also booked British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons there in the spring of 2013.
This time around, the international concert promoter has partnered with Vancouver-based company Blueprint Events to stage a festival in Surrey aimed at a younger, dance music-loving crowd.
â€œWhat an excellent event,â€ said Cpl. Scotty Schumann, the Surrey RCMPâ€™s spokesman. â€œPolice were very happy with the attendees who were very well behaved.â€
Schumann said there were eight arrests over the two days, for â€œnothing serious.â€ He said that number of arrests, considering 26,000 people attended the two day event,â€ was â€œnegligible.â€
From a security standpoint, Schumann said, Live Nation was â€œfantastic to work with.â€
Looking ahead, Holland Park also plays host to the 2015 edition of Surrey Fusion Festival for two days this month, on July 18 and 19, with guitar master Jose Feliciano and bhangra duo Jazzy B and Miss Kaur featured this year. Admission to the festival grounds is free.