A Manchester Night & Day venue will be put to the test next month over a noise complaint that could mean its closure.
Last year, the small center was threatened by a noise complaint from a new resident who moved to Manchester during the lockdown. This happened after the center won a tough battle against another noise complaint in 2014.
According to a new press release, the site is again at risk due to a planning file to redevelop a nearby building.
The statement said: “In a critical new development on the matter and after obtaining a copy of the planning file for the redevelopment of the adjoining building where the complainant lived, the owners of Night & Day were surprised to learn that an acoustic report was vital, i.e. and no acoustic works had been done in the urbanization before he came in.
“This was a condition of the planning authorization for the renovation of the building next door, to ensure that residents would not be disturbed by noise from businesses that were already in the area.”
As a result, Oíche & Lá will face court proceedings from November 29 to December 1. Fans are encouraged to sign a petition here to help save the venue, using the hashtag #savenightandday.
Commenting on the new developments, Elbow singer and Manchester native Guy Garvey said: “This is a shame and we’re furious: “This is a shame and we’re furious. Manchester’s music and arts are something we all share and are proud of. The city council and its politicians, its football teams and its universities use our music to promote themselves with pride.
“Night & Day brought hundreds of Manchester artists from their bedrooms and garages onto the world stage. The vibrant scene that Night & Day started sparked a massive redevelopment of what we now call the Northern Quarter and doing this is a constant balancing act. Between bills. This cornerstone of our city’s culture should not be attacked again.”
Jennifer Smithson, owner of the venue, said: “We were one of the original businesses in the Northern Quarter development, people wanted to move here because of the lively and interesting places like Night & Day, which is great and the much better area.
“The funny thing is that the planning department was aware of the potential for Night & Day noise nuisance when it gave planning permission to convert the warehouse next door into residential flats. An independent noise report was required to to determine what could be done to prevent the noise from Night & Day from disturbing the building’s residents, however, the developer did not produce an independent noise report and the planning department allowed the building to be under-occupied noise insulation.
Smithson added: “We now have to accept the noise abatement notice, which will expose us to immediate prosecution for noise complaints, or go to court at significant expense to challenge it. This could end with Night and Day forever. nightmare.”
“It’s very unfair. We think Manchester City Council is very much to blame. They could have canceled the noise abatement notice and put right the problem they caused in the first place, rather than a firm which was the heart of Manchester’s music scene to shut down. Manchester for years.”
In a statement responding to the news, the Music Venue Trust said: “Manchester City Council’s rejection of the noise abatement notice issued to the iconic Night & Day Cafe music venue presents a very simple, clear, understandable and practical presentation to the UK music community. .
“Manchester either wants to be a proud home of British music or it isn’t. With all due respect to all city leaders, no amount of music programmes, commissions, statements of support or well-intentioned political positions will change that.
“Manchester City Council acts to save Night & Day or it should take down the billboards, turn off the marketing, drop the excuse and prepare to shut down the music business.
“If Manchester can’t protect Night & Day it’s not a music city.”
MVT STATE THAT NIGHT AND DAY, Manchester City Council refuses to cancel the Noise Abatement Notice issued…
Posted by Music Venue Trust on Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Elsewhere in Garvey’s statement, he said Manchester City Council “must drop this allegation immediately and take this family business off the anvil forever.”
“There are many who feel that the stress of this case may have hastened the untimely death of our friend Jan and that the same stress would be placed on his daughter’s family a second time due to the council’s incompetence and kick- accepted.”
He added: “The message to the council is to put this down and focus on making this the last time this happens in any music venue in our city. I can’t say enough about the anger that aimed at misguided whistleblowers This is the council’s problem. Please put your energy into supporting the campaign to save Night & Day and, in due course, national legislation to prevent this from happening in any historic centre, on it was called Jan’s Law.”
When the 2021 noise complaint was made, the venue’s petition received thousands of signatures and support from artists including Johnny Marr, New Order, Courteeners, Frank Turner and Mogwai, as well as the UK-based music venue network.
Tim Burgess from the Charlatans, who was instrumental in saving Manchester’s Gorilla and Deaf Institute during the pandemic, explained to the NME why it was necessary to fight this claim.
“Music venues are essential to our nightlife economy and the development of artists who will then tour the world and sell millions of records – they are vital to our towns and cities,” Burgess told NME. “Years and even decades after it opened, people are moving around and complaining about the noise. We need to get this absurd situation under control. And it’s not just music venues – shops have the same problem record.”
“The joke is that these inner-city residents are often the ones who show their friends about the culture around them. We need to support our live music venues, not threaten them.”