Rough Trade forced to cancel gigs at New York store following noise complaints

Staff at the Brooklyn shop are apparently "working quickly" to fix the issue

Rough Trade have been forced cancel a number of instore gigs at their New York shop because of noise complaints.

Rough Trade NYC opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last month and the new store encompasses a 250 capacity venue, which is run in conjunction with local New York promoters Bowery Presents. Writing on Twitter earlier today (December 5), representatives of the shop said: “We are working quickly to fix an issue we’ve run into with our venue’s noise level and how it effects the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the following in-stores are canceled: The Stepkids, Lucius, Au Revoir Simone.” Shows from Andrew Bird and Diiv have also been pulled. The record-buying portion of the shop remains open to the public.

Further gigs have either been postponed or have seen a venue change. The Tourist show which was due to take place tonight (December 5) will now happen at the Baby’s All Right venue, also in Williamsburg, whilst the Childish Gambino show which was set for this Sunday (December 8) will now take place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as will Pretty Lights’ December 7 gig. However, shows which were due to take place later this month from the Allah Las, Langhorne Slim, the Felice Brothers and Cults have all been postponed.

Speaking to NME, a representative of the store commented: “In essence, we’re making sure our incredible live PA system is equalled by incredible acoustic remediation. Achieving this parity is our focus right now. During this process, all amplified live performances at the store are ‘on hold’, but we aim to resume normal service (as it were), as soon as possible. From a retail point of view, it’s very much business as usual, including some great exclusives for music and books, such as the London Grammar album, and our ‘book of the year’, Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley. And of course, the imminent arrival of our Five Leaves cafe is very exciting.”