Manchester’s Night & Day independent music venue, which has played host to the likes of Elbow, Wet Leg and Arctic Monkeys, faces a court case next month over a noise complaint which could see the venue’s closure.
The venue has been a prominent feature of Manchester’s Norther Quarter for more than three decades, but after a noise complaint was issues last year it could be forced to close its doors.
The court case over the decision will run from between November 29 and 1 December and centres on a complaint in an adjoining property, which has recently been converted into residential properties.
It comes after a similar hard-earned fight to keep the venue going in 2014, due to a separate noise complaint.
In a petition put out by the venue, urging Manchester City Council to remove the noise abatement notice, a statement reads: “Despite us having been served a Noise Abatement Notice several years ago, fighting our position and surviving, despite the venue being shut for the past year and a half due to the pandemic, re-opening again and only just recently getting back to what we do, we’ve now been presented with this new second notice. We are devastated by this action served upon us.”
The petition currently has over 80,000 signatures.
High-profile names have also come out in support of the venue, including Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, who described the move as “a shameful disgrace”, adding “we are furious”.
“Manchester’s music and arts are things we all share and are rightfully proud of,” he further said in a statement. “Night & Day has taken hundreds of Manchester artists from bedrooms and garages to the world stage. The vibrant scene started by Night & Day triggered enormous redevelopment. That this corner stone of our city’s culture is under attack again is bewildering.”
In response, however, a spokesperson for Manchester City Council said the local authority “never threatened to close down this venue” and said: “It is important to reiterate throughout this process extensive discussions have taken place to try and address the statutory noise nuisance which was the sole reason a Noise Abatement Notice (NAN) was served.”
They added the complaints were relating to “very loud music played into the early hours of the morning and not live band performances” and that the council was working towards an “amicable resolution”.
The court hearing will begin on 29 November.