Musicians back venue after noise complaint

By Richard Wright

Friday, January 25, 2013

 

Musicians back venue after noise complaint

The Wight Rock Bar in Ryde.

YOUNG musicians have come out in support of a music venue, which faces a licence review after noise complaints.

Musicians who cut their teeth at Ryde’s Wight Rock Bar, have started a petition to save the venue, which is to have its licence reviewed after a complaint to the Isle of Wight Council.

The neighbour claims "excessive disturbance — in excess of 1,170 occasions during the last six or seven years."

He pins the blame on a ventilation shaft carrying sound through the Victorian building.

The flat owner, who has the support of eight other complainants, has called for the licence to be suspended until full soundproofing is installed.

The neighbours have said their lives have been made miserable by the music.

Historically, when the first application was made eight years ago, environmental health officers recommended refusal of the licence or wanted soundproofing installed to make noise "inaudible" from residential properties above the cellar bar.

Wight Rock owner Shaun Newnham said he was confident a solution could be found, however Platform One College of Music student Gareth Ashworth, said he feared for the future of the Lind Street venue and has organised the petition.

He said: "If it closes it will mean there will be no venue/bar for young and inexperienced bands to have as a starting point as musicians.

"We've organised a gig tomorrow so people can sign the petition and 'Save the Rock'."

People have until February 4 to comment on the licence review which will be decided by the Isle of Wight Council’s licensing committee at a meeting on a date to be fixed.

Tomorrow's gig, which will feature Charming, Fine Lines and a DJ set from Mike Champion, starts at 8pm and entry is free.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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