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‘So Loud’ London Festival Dad Could Shazam All The Tracks From His Window

A South Bank festival was so loud that a dad could Shazam tracks from his bedroom in a flat on another street. Simon Stuart was able to recognize the songs played at the Between the Bridges event with the music identification app, despite living a five-minute walk from the festival held between the London Eye and the Bridge of Waterloo.

Mr Stuart told a Lambeth Council license meeting he was stressed to hear loud music being played by speakers at the annual Between the Bridges event. He said his family had suffered nuisance from the nine-month festival since May 2021, shortly after the start of last year’s edition of the annual food, drink and music festival.

Speaking at the May 10 meeting, Mr Stuart said: “Last year I was able to Shazam some of the tracks they were playing from my bedroom window. The bedroom window was open but that gives you an idea of ​​the noise level.

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“Last Saturday with the PA system they were shouting ‘go make some noise’ and I could hear it in my apartment. All the windows were closed. I have no objections to the Between the Bridges site, the food, to drinks, to people having fun, but please just turn the music down to a level that doesn’t interfere with our enjoyment.

Mr Staurt and his family moved into their flat in Casson Square in December 2002. Two-bedroom apartments in the sought-after location cost over £1.5million. Despite complaining to event organizers about loud music throughout the last year, Mr Stuart said the noise on the opening night of the 2022 event on April 28 was still too strong.

He said: “On opening night, I think it was April 28, the music was very loud. Since then, compared to last year, music volumes are happening less frequently at a level high. This does not mean that they have completely stopped.

“Last weekend, I think Saturday during the day it was very loud with the PA system and in the evening the music and bass picked up. It’s usually between 9:30 a.m. [pm] and 11 [pm] with the bass.

Simon Taylor, representing Between the Decks, said live music was only played at the event a few days a week. He said at the licensing meeting: “At the beginning of the week, on Mondays and Tuesdays, there will often be no entertainment but a playlist of recorded music. Later in the week, from Friday to Sunday, this is where we will be presenting musical events… with what my client calls London’s best talent.

Mr Tayor added that the organizers of Between the Bridges had agreed to reduce the capacity of the event from 3,000 to 2,000 to reduce the impact on locals. Councilors approved the festival’s request to play live and recorded music from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the meeting.

Between the Bridges takes place from April to December on the South Bank. Its website promises customers: “live DJs, sensational street food, craft beers and cocktails, drag brunches, [and] weekly immersive bingo music quizzes.