Gunners get three gigs a year

December 2008

Live events industry

Islington Council has agreed to allow three concerts a year at soccer team Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London, under strict conditions. According to the new licensing agreement, noise levels must not exceed set limits, concerts must finish by 10:30pm, a dedicated noise complaint line must be open for residents to use during concerts and Arsenal must put together a noise management plan before each concert. Arsenal applied for the introduction of music events at the 60,000-plus capacity stadium after Bruce Springsteen successfully became the first artist to perform there over two nights in May. “Arsenal worked closely with the council to minimise any disturbance from this year’s Bruce Springsteen concerts and now have a chance to show they can responsibly hold concerts in the future,” said Stefan Kasprzyk, chair of the Licensing Committee, in a statement. “If conditions … such as noise limits are broken then the licence can be brought back to the Licensing Committee immediately for review by anyone who feels they have legitimate cause.”

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