Frank Turner, Everything and Everything and David Gedge of The Wedding Present
amongst thousands calling for a review of UK Noise legislation.
The Music Venue Trust launched its second national campaign on 28 May and within only 6 days 10,000 people have already signed an HM Government petition demanding a review of Noise Abatement legislation to ensure that the proper balance is being struck between the individual rights of owners/occupiers and the right of communities to be able to enjoy live music.
Recent press stories have highlighted the huge threat posed to live music by developers, with town centre venues facing noise abatement notices from brand new flats and new owners/occupiers.
The Music Venue Trust believes that venues should be good neighbours, engaging with their local
communities and addressing concerns around noise and anti-social behaviour. But we believe that
being a good neighbour is a reciprocal process, and that people who choose to live near to
community spaces are accepting the responsibility to behave as a good neighbour to their adjoining
music venue, church or community space; anywhere it is inevitable and should be acceptable that
noise will exist. We believe this is a common sense approach – if you hate sport, why move next to
a football pitch? If you hate music, why move next to a live music venue?
The Department of the Environment must now make a formal response to the petition but the fight
continues to raise 100,000 signatures and force a debate in the House of Commons. Chris Prosser of
the Music Venue Trust said:
“This is the moment where we need the audiences and the musicians who love these venues to
step forward and be counted. Don’t sit around hoping that your local venue won’t be affected,
because this is happening nationwide. These venues have developed and grown some of our most
important and biggest acts, from Adele to Coldplay, the Arctic Monkeys to Blur. If we want to keep
these vital spaces, we need to act together and demand that the rights of local communities to
enjoy well run, well managed live music venues is properly balanced against the need for town
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
SIGN the petition at this link: http://qr.net/sign
FOLLOW this link and right click to print a sign: https://db.tt/dR2Yvd7s
or MAKE YOUR OWN sign using your own text, together with#SaveLiveVenuesUK and the link qr.net/sign
TAKE A PHOTO of yourself holding up the sign
TWEET, POST, PLUS and PIN the photo across your social media using #SaveLiveVenuesUK and the
The Music Venue Trust is also running a campaign to find and work with Venue Champions to
protect the future of music venues across the country by changing government and local authority
perceptions around music venues.