The Boilerroom venue in Guildford is the latest live music venue facing the prospect of losing its licence because a newish neighbour - who chose to move into a property next to a performance space - has filed a complaint with the local council. Following on from complaints against Night & Day in Manchester and The Blind Tiger in Brighton - as well as the now seemingly solved threat to the Ministry Of Sound in London, the operators of The Boilerroom
'Guildford’s only alternative and independent live music venue' say "Our family run venue was opened in 2006, and is managed by a collective of people who believe the venue provides a much needed creative space for the local community; encouraging and supporting local bands and nurturing upcoming talent" adding "Our fairly new neighbours, who rent the house adjacent to the venue, have put in an application to review our license, with the direct intention and request that the council revoke our license with immediate effect. Their message is very clear: they want to shut us down. They believe we are in breach of our license conditions. We believe we manage the venue to a high standard with significant consideration for the local community". A petition has been launched to support the Bolilerroom here and you can also still sign the separate petition calling on Secretary Of State For The Environment Owen Paterson to "carry out an urgent review of noise abatement legislation" which is threatening grass roots venues who enjoy good relations with the vast majority of their neighbours" here.