The Kings of Leon: breached sound levels at Oxegen last year

Licensing conditions attached to next weekend's Oxegen festival in Kildare include a stipulation that promoter MCD provide buses to specifically "sweep" all routes leading to and from the festival in order to pick up pedestrians.

The buses will operate from Thursday 9 July next to Monday 13 July.

MCD was recently criticised for the chaos which followed two concerts it promoted, in Slane, Co Meath and Punchestown, Co Kildare.

A review of compliance with licence conditions for last year's event, carried out by Kildare County Council, notes that council staff recorded breaches of agreed sound levels by two bands – the Kings of Leon and the Chemical Brothers.

When officials informed the promoters' own independent noise monitoring experts of the breaches, the volume at the concerts was turned down.

The report finds that Oxegen 2008 was fully compliant across a range of detailed licensing conditions attached to last year's event, covering areas such as campsite operations, clean up, parking, traffic and transport management and event security.

The buses mandated in this year's licence will "sweep all routes leading to and from the event site to pick up any pedestrians walking to and from the event".

MCD must also pay for at least 10 garda sergeants and 40 gardaí to police the site, and provide food and refreshments for all local authority, garda and other health board staff.

It must also establish a "no fly zone" over the site, except for a "small number of authorised helicopters", and maintain public liability insurance of at least €10m.