Manchester, a wonderful city for live music in the UK, has, for the past number of weeks, come under fire from an apparent ‘misplaced’ resident who knowingly moved into the blast radius of one of the cities most historically respected venues – ‘Night and Day’.
After surviving several months living above this aptly named establishment, this nameless resident finally called in the cities environmental health team after believing that the owners cranked up the evening volume to appease their customers.
With the venues owner, Jan Oldenburg, denying any increase in volume during these winter months, and apparently failing to cooperate with these unnamed residents concerns, the councils team acted upon the complains, leading to the twenty-
After a battery of media attention, a petition was created calling for the abatement notice to be removed. To date over sixty five thousand individuals from all walks of life have signed the document, causing quite a stir. Actually, even Manchester councillors have released media statements that express a love for the Oldham Street venue as death threats pile in from angry customers aimed at the complainants.
These residents have maintained that they always wanted to reach a compromise, but Oldenburg appears to maintain her ground stating, “We’ve spent £30,000 here insulating, and people are still objecting. We do check our sound levels and amplifiers, but we need the music to be loud enough to hear. Bands will stop coming to play. We need the bands to stay open.” Take what you will from this but, as it stands, it appears as if there may be no compromise in the immediate future. We can only hope that ‘Night and Day’ remains open, and that the residents can either learn to understand the location they choose to live in or reach a much-