Noise restrictions on Edinburgh’s live music scene are to be relaxed.
Following an extended campaign by the Music is Audible group, the city’s licensing board voted by six to two that the current requirement for music to be “inaudible” in neighbouring homes should be dropped.
The new wording will instead state that amplified music should not be an “audible nuisance” in neighbouring properties.
A Music is Audible statement read: “Making this, ultimately small, change shows common sense and a willingness to recognise the contribution that grassroots music makes to the life of this great city of culture. Music is Audible recognises the importance of a balance between the needs of the music community and residents across the board and looks forward to fruitful engagement with all of the city’s key stakeholders to ensure that Edinburgh remains a vibrant and inclusive place to live, work and create.”
Edinburgh venue Sneaky Pete’s, who have been instrumental in the campaign, described the verdict as “Great news”, adding: “Next on the agenda: Agent of Change, and seeking a Night Mayor for Edinburgh!” – the former being the principle that anyone building a new property close to a venue should be responsible for the soundproofing.
A Edinburgh University study found that music was responsible for £40 million per year to the city’s economy, but around half of the capital’s musicians said that they had experienced problems due to the noise restrictions. And in a consultation, 95% of respondents said that they supported relaxing the rules.