Pallet Pavilion forced to cancel concerts

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2012
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KIRK HARGREAVES
NOISY: The Pallet Pavillion has been forced to cancel loud concerts after complaints from neighbours.

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Christchurch's new performance venue has had to cancel several concerts because of noise complaints.

The Pallet Pavilion, an outdoor venue made up of more than 3000 recycled wooden pallets, opened last weekend after 3000 hours of volunteer work.

The Gap Filler initiative, on the corner of Kilmore and Durham streets, was meant to host concerts and other events at night between Thursdays and Sundays.

Pavilion manager Amy Jansen said noise-control officers had been in touch after a concert last weekend, saying they had received complaints from residents.

Organisers were told the site's zoning meant sound levels had to be below 55 decibels for normal events, while a special licence was needed for any loud concerts.

Jansen said they had decided to put potentially loud performances on hold for several weeks until they could find a solution.

A member of The River Jones, one of the bands scheduled to play at the pavilion last night, said the cancellation was "pretty upsetting".

Guitarist and vocalist Hunter Jackson said the band had been "ecstatic" about playing at the pavilion, given the lack of all-ages music venues in the city.

"It's incredibly difficult for young musicians to get out and see live music and . . . there has been a lack of places post-quake."

Jansen said the venue managers were working on "creative solutions" to the problem, such as silent discos, while the Christchurch City Council's noise-control team had been "magnificently supportive" in trying to resolve the issue.

The restrictions would not affect weekend acoustic performances at the pavilion, while community events like the teddy bears' picnic would go ahead as planned.

The pavilion, which can seat 200 people, was designed to replace the city's quake-hit music venues.

It is open to the public during the day, and will remain in place until April.

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