Foo Fighters draw noise complaints at Tennents Vital 2012
Dave & co. keep it loud ahead of Reading & Leeds
Chris Eustace - 23 August 2012
The Belfast festival was being held in the Boucher Road Playing Fields in the south of the city for the first time, and BBC News reports that Belfast City Council received about 120 calls of complaint, while the police received 20 calls.
A spokesman for the council said half of callers made a formal complaint about the concert sound being heard in other parts of the city. He said the remaining callers were content with the 23:00 BST curfew.
He also said the council had agreed sound levels with organisers in adavance of the event, but had worked with the promoter to reduce the sound levels when it became aware the noise could clearly be heard around the city.
"In advance of the concerts, the promoters wrote to residents in the immediate vicinity, advising them of the events. There were no objections to the granting of the entertainments licence," he added.
The council spokesman said the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau had confirmed that every hotel bed in the city was booked for both nights of the festival.
"It is regrettable that people were inconvenienced by last night's event but we hope they can see the bigger picture," he said.
Eileen Fee who lives about a mile away from the concert venue in Osborne Park, Belfast, said it was so loud the "windows shook".
"I just thought I was at the concert, that's how loud it was. It was really impossible to do anything else at home," she said.
"It was just a really dreadful situation. I'm not against the concert but there is an acceptable level of noise."
Businesswoman Grianne McGarvey said: "I was actually offered a ticket for the concert but I turned it down as I'm not a big fan of the Foo Fighters but I still managed to hear the entire thing.
"I can't wait for Florence & The Machine as I'm a big fan and I think it's fantastic that the bands are here. Tonight I will be sitting with my windows open and a wee glass of wine and not have to worry about getting soaked."
The Stone Roses and Florence & The Machine were among the acts playing the festival’s second night on Wednesday.
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