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Outdoor performances silenced at Wig & Pen pub in Northampton

The Wig & Pen on St Giles Street in Northampton has been stopped from hosting live plugged-in music performances in its courtyard.

The Wig & Pen on St Giles Street in Northampton has been stopped from hosting live plugged-in music performances in its courtyard.

A Northampton town centre venue can no longer host regular ‘plugged-in’ live outdoor music after a number of noise complaints from residents.

The Wig & Pen on st Giles Street, awarded the CAMRA Northamptonshire pub of the year in 2012, often hosts live acts in its courtyard during the summer months including ‘Sunday Sessions’ for local bands.

But this week Northampton Borough Council confirmed that the outdoor performances would have to stop due to noise levels experienced in nearby accommodation.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “We received several complaints from residents about the level of noise from live music at the Wig & Pen pub, and after investigation, we have asked them to take the necessary steps to reduce the noise to an acceptable level.

“We’re committed to working with local businesses and residents, and with more and more people living in the town centre, we have to balance the needs of businesses to provide entertainment with their responsibilities under their licence and other legislation.

“The Wig & Pen can of course, continue to host live music inside the building, and unplugged acoustic performances in their courtyard garden as often as they wish but they have to limit the number of amplified performances in the garden to once a month.”

Manager of the Wig & Pen Ania Jackson said the venue will now hold the Sunday Sessions indoors and has replaced bands on a Friday and Saturday with a DJ.

She said on they will host live music in the courtyard every last Friday of the month.

“It’s a shame but we can’t really argue with the council,” she said. “So we are doing the best we can.

“We are going to keep the bands inside like we do in the winter.”

The noise reduction has proved unpopular with Wig & Pen regular Roy Anderson, who told the Chronicle & Echo: “Let’s face it young people can run amok down Bridge Street until silly o’clock in the morning and hardly anyone bats an eyelid, but a bunch of 40 to 70 year olds are no longer allowed to sip a pint in the garden area on a Sunday afternoon with some live music.

The music started after the shops had closed at 4.30pm and always finished by 7.30pm - so we could all use our bus passes to get home and be tucked up in bed by 10pm with a cup of cocoa.”

 

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