Article: “Noise Annoys”
Articles / September 2005

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) by Ben Challis, FRSA, LLB, MA(Law), MA Barrister-at-law Music Industry Lawyer Taking for its title a classic punk track by The Buzzcocks, this article summarises a variety of cases around the world where noise nuisance has been ruled upon in law. The implications of such rulings are of crucial importance to artists, promoters, venues owners and managers. IN the days when I still had some hair to spike up, I really used to enjoy going to loud (very loud) rock concerts. I remember coming home from a Ramones concert in the UK in the late seventies totally deaf – and I was still partially deaf at school the next day. As far as I know, my hearing did recover, but noise is a now major issue in the live music industry. Today promoters, venues and artists need to be aware of their legal responsibilities to a number of different people: to the audience, to their workers, and – as importantly – to neighbours who can suffer from noise nuisance. “Noise annoys”, but it can also damage hearing. Failure to comply with the law in respect of noise levels can result in fines, and, in extreme cases, claims for massive…