Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Foo Fighters was 'a noisy nightmare'

Foo Fighters' singer Dave Grohl performs at Tennants Vital in Boucher Playing Fields last night

Noise emanating from the Foo Fighters concert in Belfast last night generated complaints from residents, according to the city council.

More than two dozen householders contacted a dedicated noise hotline run by the council’s environmental health department over the Tennent’s Vital gig at Boucher playing fields in the south of the city.

Others took to social networking sites to vent their anger at the level of disturbance.

Up to 30,000 people braved thunder and lightning storms to watch former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and his US rock band make their Northern Ireland debut.

They were supported by the hugely popular Black Keys.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said: “We have received a large volume of calls regarding the noise from Tennent’s Vital. They are mostly from the Castlereagh area.”

It is understood environmental health officers were on site monitoring noise levels and there was a strict curfew of 10.45pm.

However, some angry residents claimed they could hear the concert from as far away as Comber — which is 14 miles from the site of the gig.

Former BBC journalist and PR boss Liz Fawcett, who lives in the Ormeau Road area of Belfast, was among those who had complained. “I am about two miles from Boucher but this could well be a party next door,” she told the Belfast Telegraph.

“If you have children, as I have, it is a nightmare trying to get them to sleep.”

SDLP councillor for Balmoral, Claire Hanna said: “There has to be a balance struck between allowing people to enjoy themselves and residents’ rights. You can have loud music, but it doesn’t need to be that loud.”

Brendan Hughes, who lives in the Cregagh Road area of east Belfast, said: “It sounds like my next door neighbour is having a party. I can’t believe how loud it is.”

Social networking site Twitter was also heaving with disgruntled parents and homeowners complaining.

Some said their windows were vibrating with the noise and their children were being kept awake.

But not everyone was complaining. Brendan Mulgrew from Balmoral Avenue, just around the corner from the concert, said: “At least in Belfast we don’t pull the plug like Westminster Council did for Bruce Springsteen.”

No one from gig promoters MCD was available for comment last night.

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