Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pasha to close, Night & Day at risk of closure

The London branch of the Pacha nightclub chain is to close in September, it has been announced. Opened in 2002, and named the capital's Best Dance Club at Bar Magazine's annual awards ceremony last year, the club will finally close its doors in September. A farewell party on 20 Sep will followed by one last hurrah, Kinky Malinki's sixteenth birthday party on 27 September.

And popular Manchester music venue Night & Day has been called to what the Manchester Evening News calls a "crunch licensing hearing" as it continues to tackle complaints from neighbours over noise levels. According to the MEN, the venue stands accused of repeatedly breaching a noise abatement notice issue by Manchester City Council. The venue said "The council have made an unprecedented move to review our licence before we have had the opportunity to appeal the Noise Abatement Notice in front of an independent judge in court". Recently, and after a spate of threatened closures including the Fleece in Bristol, and the Boileroom in Guildford , Mark Davyd, the founder of the Music Venue Trust, has warned of a 'tsunami' of noise abatement orders against venues and called for 'common sense' approach to resolve issues - often caused by new developments alongside pre-existing and often much loved music venues - wit Davyd adding 'if you hate music - why move next to a music venue?'. The MVT has called for the reform of existing legislation, which it says is unfair to music venues and is liaising with Save Live Music Australia which has fought a successful campaign against opportunistic developers down under.

And Preston's award winning 53 Degrees, operated by UClan Students Union with the support of the University of Central Lancashire, is to close as a 'high street' music venue at th end of 2014. The University will take over the building and use it for events and the academic programme,  The future of Preston's 2000 capacity Guild Hall and 780 capacity Charter Theatre  are also in doubt due to Council cost cutting. 

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