‘I’m not an idiot!’ – Resident speaks out over Night and Day noise row as more than 50,000 sign petition

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A city centre resident at the centre of a row over noise from historic venue Night and Day has hit back at critics declaring: “I’m not an idiot!”

The Manchester Evening Newsrevealed yesterday how the iconic café, which helped launch the careers of artists such as Elbow and Arctic Monkeys, claims to be under threat of closure after receiving a Noise Abatement Notice from the council.

It follows complaints from a neighbour in a property adjoining the venue on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter.

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Night and Day is due to celebrate 30 years since its launch this weekend.

But management took to social media this week to reveal the abatement notice may leave it unable to operate and asked people to sign a petition opposing the move.

More than 50,000 people have signed after the campaign was endorsed by figures such as singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess.

Now the flat-owner at the centre of the dispute has approached the M.E.N to give his side of the story.

The man, who declined to be named, bought the flat last year and says he did so in full knowledge that it neighboured Night and Day.

He says he is a long-term Manchester resident who understands the reality of living in the city centre.

The man claims to have spent at least £17,000 so far on insulation to reduce the noise impact on his property but insists Night and Day aren’t playing their part by keeping to licensing conditions.

“The issues I face are not really the gigs – it’s with the club nights,” he said.

“Different DJs running until 3am at least twice a week – but they can run until 4am.



The bar at Night and Day Cafe

“This can be so loud that the bass vibrates everything in the flat – even the water in the toilet is rippling!

“My new next-door neighbours complained for me to turn it down during a club night – I showed them it was travelling all the way through my flat into theirs.

“Nobody can escape the fact that this is a breach of their licensing objective ‘not to cause nuisance noise to neighbours’ that they as a business have signed that they will uphold.”

The M.E.N has contacted Night and Day for response on the resident’s claims – no response has been received at the time of writing.

This is not the first time Night and Day have had a noise abatement notice, having been served one back in 2014.

Shop owners and residents in the Northern Quarter have never had issues with sound from Night and Day, however two businesses told the Manchester Evening News that they themselves have had noise complaints about their shop’s music.

Phoebe De Angelis, the Manager at Cow Vintage, has never heard any noise from Night and Day despite working in the shop until 11pm.



Phoebe De Angelis, the Manager at Cow Vintage standing with Night and Day in the background
Phoebe De Angelis, the Manager at Cow Vintage, has never heard any noise from Night and Day

She said: “I’ve never heard any sound at all.

“Sometimes I’ll be here until 11 o’clock and I’ve never heard them.

“Even in lockdown when they had tables outside and our window was a smoking area we never had glass, cigarettes or sick against the window.”

Phoebe explained that when she is in the shop late, she switches off her music for security and has never heard the music from across the street.

She also explained that Cow Vintage had had noise complaints on a weekend during the day for the music they play.

“We’ve had noise complaints here on a Saturday, we’re open between 10 and 6 and have been told to turn it down.”

“Night and Day is a cultural hub.

“When you move to this area, around Night and Day, it’s a piece of culture.”

Laura Kennedy, owner of Piccadilly Records which has stood on Oldham Street since 1997, has similarly been told to turn the music down in her shop as it travels to the flats above.



Piccadilly Records, where there have been complaints about their records being too loud
Piccadilly Records, where there have been complaints about their records being too loud

“It’s been an ongoing problem round here recently.”

Laura explained that due to the design of the buildings, with steel support beams running from the floor to ceiling, noise is carried through the shop and into the flats above.

“We’ve had complaints that we’re playing our records too loud.”

“There were other issues with Night and Day to do with the flats being built after a pre-existing music venue was there.

“It just feels like people want to move to an exciting and vibrant place and then complain when it’s exciting and vibrant.

“I’m usually here when they’re sound checking. But no, no noise. We probably get more noise from the buses.

“When I finish work at 7.30, 8 pm and there’s bands playing or soundchecking, you barely notice it.

“[Piccadilly Records] probably wouldn’t have looked at moving here if Night and Day hadn’t been here.

“We wouldn’t have moved here and others wouldn’t have either.

DJ Pasta Paul has lived in the Northern Quarter since 2006 and believes that if Night and Day were to close, it would be damaging to the area.



DJ Pasta Paul believes that Night and Day closing would be 'devastating'.
DJ Pasta Paul believes that Night and Day closing would be ‘devastating’.

He said: “If Night and Day closed, it would be devastating for this area.

“They were pioneers of this area, starting as a fish and chip shop with jazz.

“They have always been good at keeping the noise down and the doors closed.

“Night and Day, it’s so old, it was never designed to have bands, so of course the sound travels.

“A lot of complaints came in the past when Dry Bar was open because of the people on the street, but in Northern Quarter you don’t complain about noise.”

When asked about living in the Northern Quarter and if he had any issues with noise, Pasta Paul said: “It’s generally just people noise, not music noise.”

A worker at Manchester Ink, which is diagonally above Night and Day, who asked just to be named as Jess, explained how they have never had an issue with music but similar to Pasta Paul, often dealt with the noise of people on Oldham Street.

She said: “We’ve never had any problems, I’ve never heard Night and Day.

“The only noise we get is people coming out of the bars. You can’t blame Night and Day for drunk people, it’s just a staple of Oldham Street.

“If it was rowdy, we’d be able to hear it above the bar.

“You get more complaints from the flats across the street.”

The neighbour insists ‘I’m no idiot’ and explained that he was living in the Northern Quarter before moving to his new address.

He said: “I love Manchester and living in thriving Northern Quarter. I expect to hear loud noise etc

“But I’m being kept awake until 4am and forking out almost 20,000 on insulation.

The neighbour had been in discussion with Night and Day for over five months, and when the abatement was served, the local explained that the bar were given the opportunity by the council to lower the volume or face the abatement notice.

“They are lovely folk with a thriving business that is the absolute heart of the music community. I’ve never asked for them to change anything that would be within their licensing objective.

“The petition just goes to show how much they mean to the community – I’d be the first to sign if the shoe was on the other foot! But in reality, a petition will not close a noise abatement.

“That’s not the way the law works.”





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