He talks about "taking down a sound system". For 17 people? Ridiculous. He talks of hiring a generator and a marquee. He says he spend Â£800 on the event. >Â£50 per person for a barbeque? Ridiculous.
You are very naive.
While I am not British and I admit to being unfamiliar with such details of your culture I have to loudy call BULLSHIT on your retort. I have attended and hosted numerous private parties which cost more that US$100 per person when all was said and done - complete with lighting and huge Peavey stacks pumping out the jams. None of these events were intended as nor turned out to be 100+ person 'raves'. It just happens that my brother played bass in a number of bands in the 80's and 90's and still has the 'kit'. According assinine thinking such as you present here I should never be allowed to borrow/use this gear for a small private function??
Enjoying an evening on pirvate property with a small group of friends and family is 'rediculous' if you splurge a little bit on some surf and turf while listining to tunes on an excellent sound system and using *GASP* a generator???
Makes me simultaneously quite happy that my ancestors fled your oppressive state back in the late 1680's and rather fearful that such twisted thinking is become the norm across the globe.
Sadly, here in the US it is getting to be more likely that this type of gathering will be shut down because the State has declared your private property a 'wetland' and your presence there is endangering the mosquitos.
My advice to the remaining free citizens of the world: throw all the fucking parties you can now before you no longer have ANY rights.
Rediculous my hairy yellow butt...