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Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe can continue to operate, court rules

The venue had been threatened with closure since 2021 due to ongoing noise disputes.

By Will Richards

Manchester's Night & Day Cafe
Manchester's Night & Day Cafe (Picture: Press)

Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe will be allowed to continue operating as a music venue and nightclub, a court has ruled.

READ MORE: How can we save our grassroots music venues?

The grassroots venue was threatened with closure in 2021 after being handed a Noise Abatement Notice following complaints from a nearby resident.

A petition was then launched to support the venue against closure, which received support from Johnny Marr, New Order, Mogwai and more.

Today (March 18), Manchester Magistrates Court ruled that the venue will be allowed to remain open under new conditions, including a maximum volume level at weekends

“I am satisfied that this is a reasonable, practicable level which could be offered by sealed sound limiters to seal music levels. I am told the existing sound system can achieve this aim,” District Judge Margaret McCormack said (via Manchester Evening News).

“I therefore amend the NAN [to say] Friday and Saturday use should not exceed the levels of test one. The measures are to be taken by professional acousticians and sealed in the system.”

A full written judgment is expected to be publicly available soon.

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The live music sector has hit further struggles this year. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has painted a grim picture of the future of grassroots venues, revealing that 31 per cent of nightclubs in the UK have been forced to close since the pandemic.

Bath institution Moles also recently shut its doors after 45 years due to struggles related to the cost of living crisis, while London’s Bush Hall have launched a crowdfunder campaign to try and secure their future as a live music venue.