One of Manchester's most iconic live music venues, the Night and Day café on Oldham Street, in the city's Northern Quarter district, is once again under threat from closure after being served with a second noise abatement notice from Manchester City council.
The notice, usually served by local authority's if there is reason to believe the level of noise is causing a nuisance in the community, with the aim of stopping the noise altogether or limiting it to certain times of day, was apparently brought forward following complaints made by a new resident in the Oldham Street area. The resident, who remains anonymous, apparently moved to the area back in 2020 during the lockdown, according to the team behind the venue.
The often busy and much-loved music spot, which is due to celebrate its huge thirtieth anniversary in the coming days, has played an integral part in launching the careers of some of the UK's most highly regarded indie acts. World dominating names the likes of Elbow, The Courteeners, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, Blossoms and The Charlatans have all cut their teeth on the venue's humble stage.
In response to the recent noise complaint, the Night and Day café team has launched a petition calling on the local council licensing to withdraw the notice and to recognise the cultural importance of the music venue. It also implores the council to "address the real issue, which is that housing with ill-considered planning and construction has been approved and built next to a pre-existing live music business".
The petition, which has now been backed by a host of distinguished names including non-other than Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess, needs a minimum of fifty thousand signatures to be debated and ultimately removed. Currently standing at just over forty-five thousand, the venue needs your help to continue its cause in supporting Britain's prolific music scene.
Go to www.change.org/p/manchester-city-council-remove-our-noise-abatement-notice to sign the petition.
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