Live music venue under threat following noise complaint
Musicians and fans have united in an effort to save Manchester venue Night And Day Cafe from closure following a complaint from a neighbour over noise.
Johnny Marr, Frank Turner and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans have urged fans to sign a petition designed to convince Manchester council to remove the Statutory Nuisance Abatement Notice given to the venue by a neighbour. The people behind the business say that the noise complaint could force the venue to close down.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Gareth Butterworth, the venue’s in-house promoter and booker, confirmed that the notice has been issued after one resident complained to the town hall about noise levels. The resident has lived near the venue for less than a year, while the Night And Day Cafe has been in the same location since 1991.
The venue owners could face a £20,000 fine, or six months in jail, if they do not deal with the complaint. Butterworth fears that the fine would ruin the venue financially and that complying with volume restrictions would prohibit bands from playing, which would also ruin the business.
“The worst case scenario is that we shut down – bringing an end the employment of everyone who works here, not to mention destroying one of the major hubs for live music in Manchester, for local and international musicians,” he told the paper.
“It’s very upsetting. We understand that this resident has lived here for less than a year. We’re an independent business that’s been a staple of the Manchester arts scene for 23 years. We tried to speak to the resident, to explain the nature of our business, and we understand noise can be annoying – but why would you choose to move next door to a live music venue if noise is going to be an issue?”
Tweeting about the venue and petition, Johnny Marr, Frank Turner and Tim Burgess urged their Twitter followers to sign the petition being circulated online.
Help save Night & Day music venue from a stupid and totally unnecessary closure. Be empowered and help music. http://t.co/KlQHrLeZvx
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) January 16, 2014
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 15, 2014
Miffed to hear that Manchester’s night & day cafe is under threat. Played there many times. Sign this! http://t.co/U00TRAaXkH
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 16, 2014