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Music project to be evicted for "playing Ella Fitzgerald"

The Argus: Music project to be evicted for "playing Ella Fitzgerald" Music project to be evicted for "playing Ella Fitzgerald"

A music project says they could be evicted from their base for playing Ella Fitzgerald in the afternoon.

The Rock Inn Music Project says it is looking for a new base after being forced to leave its home of more than a year – because of a single noise complaint.

The project had been based at The Rock Inn in Rock Street, Brighton where it held weekly music sessions with new and experienced artists.

It regularly attracted more than 50 musicians and provided a place for rehearsals and live jams and proved a useful networking tool with several bands forming because of the project.

Organisers had been keen to work with residents and businesses and had made efforts to sound proof the rehearsal space and play at times that suited everyone.

But they were shocked and distraught when they were told they’d have to look for somewhere else to play after one neighbour called the council to complain.

Cat Duval, project leader, said the decision had been devastating for those involved.

“It is such a shame that one person can stop something that is so beneficial for so many and bring legal action against us for playing Ella Fitzgerald at 2pm in the afternoon,” she said.

Now the group is looking to either raise £4,000 for new soundproofing and legal fees or for someone else to take them in.

Musicians who currently use the space said the project had been a driving force in their artistic careers but were now concerned about its future.

Poppy Lavender said: “The Rock Inn Music Project gave me the chance to meet new musicians in the area. The project really helped me to build confidence in my performance. You never knew who would turn up and that shaped an incredible space for creativity and development.”

Steve Churchill added: “The Wednesday jams were the highlight of my week. They helped me gain a lot of confidence playing in front of people. I’ve made lots of good friends and feel a bit like part of my family has been taken away from me.”

Paul Weeden said it was a tragedy the project could shut down because of one person, adding: “Don’t let it stop. Let the Rock n Roll continue.”

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7:16am Mon 7 Apr 14

BURIRAM says...

There must be more to this story than one complaint
There must be more to this story than one complaint BURIRAM
  • Score: 15

7:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

qm says...

Astonishing that one complaint can be responded to so vigorously against a background of a Council against which there have been thousands of complaints which are just swept under the carpet!
Astonishing that one complaint can be responded to so vigorously against a background of a Council against which there have been thousands of complaints which are just swept under the carpet! qm
  • Score: 8

7:45am Mon 7 Apr 14

bluemonday says...

any chance of getting both sides of the story before you just run with the sensationalist headline(as usual)
any chance of getting both sides of the story before you just run with the sensationalist headline(as usual) bluemonday
  • Score: 9

8:03am Mon 7 Apr 14

hoveguyactually says...

Let's hear the story from the neighbour who complained. As someone who had to suffer loud rock music (a far cry from Ella I should say), from a neighbour every afternoon, for a couple of years, I know what nightmare it can be. Maybe the Rock Inn is in the wrong location, and should be sited away from a residential area, where soundproofing, often far from adequate anyway, would not be needed - somewhere like an industrial estate.
Let's hear the story from the neighbour who complained. As someone who had to suffer loud rock music (a far cry from Ella I should say), from a neighbour every afternoon, for a couple of years, I know what nightmare it can be. Maybe the Rock Inn is in the wrong location, and should be sited away from a residential area, where soundproofing, often far from adequate anyway, would not be needed - somewhere like an industrial estate. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 15

9:34am Mon 7 Apr 14

Andy R says...

I must have missed "Ella Fitzgerald - the Rock n' Roll Years".

I thought journalists were supposed to be inquisitive, but there does not seem to have even been an attempt to contact the council.
I must have missed "Ella Fitzgerald - the Rock n' Roll Years". I thought journalists were supposed to be inquisitive, but there does not seem to have even been an attempt to contact the council. Andy R
  • Score: 7

10:52am Mon 7 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

They say they need £4,000. Is that for soundproofing or legal fees? (They should have a whipround that's only £80 each, and it'll be lower if fans chip in).
They say they need £4,000. Is that for soundproofing or legal fees? (They should have a whipround that's only £80 each, and it'll be lower if fans chip in). TIMBURRY
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

TonyTony says...

Perhaps 50 musicians playing ella at 2pm in a residentual area had something to do with it. Heres an easy answer, turn the volume down and it will not cost you any money. People have a right to peace and quiet no matter were they live or whatever time of day it may be
Perhaps 50 musicians playing ella at 2pm in a residentual area had something to do with it. Heres an easy answer, turn the volume down and it will not cost you any money. People have a right to peace and quiet no matter were they live or whatever time of day it may be TonyTony
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Stop whinging you spoiled brats and hire a proper sound proofed rehearsal room.
No one wants to listen to your hobby. Idiots.
Stop whinging you spoiled brats and hire a proper sound proofed rehearsal room. No one wants to listen to your hobby. Idiots. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -7

6:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Josh Kaldor-Robinson says...

As one of the landlords of the Rock Inn, I would like to clarify some aspects of this story. We pride ourselves on being a community pub, and have won the Community Hero awards for Sussex and Surrey (organised by our brewery Enterprise Inns) for the last two years in a row. We used the money we received from these awards to try and establish a music and cultural space in an area of Brighton where such spaces are lacking.

We soundproofed the room pretty well, we are based in a residential area and almost all of our neighbours had no problems with the project. Unfortunately the weakness in our soundproofing was the fire door, so while most of our neighbours had no problems, one poor neighbour did have to endure loud music regularly at an unacceptable level.

As the cost of soundproofing was prohibitive and we have no desire to be anything other than an asset to our neighbours, we reluctantly decided that we would have to stop hosting the project. The music project was a great success (and great fun), but we are first and foremost a community pub and could not carry on with a project that disrupted the life of one of our neighbours. I am hopeful that the project will find a new space and continue and we are looking at new (and hopefully less disruptive) cultural projects for our space.
As one of the landlords of the Rock Inn, I would like to clarify some aspects of this story. We pride ourselves on being a community pub, and have won the Community Hero awards for Sussex and Surrey (organised by our brewery Enterprise Inns) for the last two years in a row. We used the money we received from these awards to try and establish a music and cultural space in an area of Brighton where such spaces are lacking. We soundproofed the room pretty well, we are based in a residential area and almost all of our neighbours had no problems with the project. Unfortunately the weakness in our soundproofing was the fire door, so while most of our neighbours had no problems, one poor neighbour did have to endure loud music regularly at an unacceptable level. As the cost of soundproofing was prohibitive and we have no desire to be anything other than an asset to our neighbours, we reluctantly decided that we would have to stop hosting the project. The music project was a great success (and great fun), but we are first and foremost a community pub and could not carry on with a project that disrupted the life of one of our neighbours. I am hopeful that the project will find a new space and continue and we are looking at new (and hopefully less disruptive) cultural projects for our space. Josh Kaldor-Robinson
  • Score: 7

10:31am Tue 8 Apr 14

Frunobulax says...

As a frequenter of Rock's jam sessions, I'd like to add that we never had 50 people up there playing at once (I think the maximum at one time was probably was about 10. The 50 number would be different people who have come along and enjoyed taking part over the weeks.) @Maxwell's ghost, the great thing about this project was meeting new people and playing music as a social activity. As a newcomer to the area, it was a wonderful way of meeting people and making connections. Going to a rehearsal room on your own is not much fun! It's a shame that you feel the need to be abusive. When I was at school we used to say 'takes one to know one'.
As a frequenter of Rock's jam sessions, I'd like to add that we never had 50 people up there playing at once (I think the maximum at one time was probably was about 10. The 50 number would be different people who have come along and enjoyed taking part over the weeks.) @Maxwell's ghost, the great thing about this project was meeting new people and playing music as a social activity. As a newcomer to the area, it was a wonderful way of meeting people and making connections. Going to a rehearsal room on your own is not much fun! It's a shame that you feel the need to be abusive. When I was at school we used to say 'takes one to know one'. Frunobulax
  • Score: 1

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