Show your support for Night and Day: Northern Quarter venue appeals for fans’ help as council reviews licence

Night and Day Café are appealing for supporters to write to Manchester City Council as it prepares to hold crunch licence talks following months of noise complaints.

The world famous music venue, who have entertained music lovers for more than twenty years, has been embroiled in an ongoing spat with a number of nearby residents regarding alleged noise pollution.

Manchester City Council waded in to proceedings after several complaints from residents and have now ordered a licence review.

“It’s to let the council know that we have got a lot of support for the venue,” promoter Gareth Butterworth said.

“We know we’ve got a lot of support for the venue. They’re happy with how it operates and how it has operated for the last two decades.

“We’ve had a lot of support already but obviously the more the better. Businesses and residents in the area show their support.

“Obviously musicians and people in the industry have shown their support.”

The café opened in 1991 as a fish and chip shop, but soon began forging a reputation as a live-music hotspot for up-and coming artists.

As the years went on, Night and Day’s reputation spread, and was even mentioned in the TV show Lost in reference to where one of the characters played their first gig.

When it was revealed the council would be reviewing Night and Day’s licence last month, a resident, who wished to be kept anonymous, said: “The council would not be taking them to review if there was no breach of licence.

“I fully agree with what the council are doing.  I believe hand on heart it has got to the stage where action needs to be taken.

“I don’t want their live music licence to go, but it’s not down to me, I can’t stop it.  The only people who can stop this are Night and Day.”

The review, which is set to happen sometime this month, will give people who have been affected by the affair the opportunity to air their views.

Businesses and residents who may be affected by its closure will also be given a chance to speak with council officials.

Gareth added: “We’ve got a worldwide customer base, so in terms of people in the area it is a bit of a tourist attraction, and it’s quite a renowned venue in the city as well also it could affect a lot of people locally.

“Businesses and residents have been very supportive.”

Alan White, 25, a regular visitor to Night and Day, told MM: “It’s a music venue in the middle of the city centre on a street that is full of other drinking establishments.

“It’s been this way for years so why this has become an issue recently baffles me really.”

The Business Development Manager, who lives in Sale, added: “The fact that the only noise complaint in the Northern Quarter relates to Night & Day shows that this is one overly intolerant individual who’s chosen to live in entirely the wrong area.

“And for a venue that shows live music, it’s no louder than the bars that don’t play live music on Thomas Street where punters spill out onto the streets until 4am.”

For more information on how to lend your support to Night and Day Café, click here.

Image courtesy of Phil King, with thanks.

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