Noise from the Mawson Club

sporran 7 October 2007 58

I live in a flat near the Mawson Club. Tonight, as has been the case for months, the music coming from the club was stupidly loud, and got progressively louder as the night went on. Some nights it’s a faint rumble in the background which is fine, but other nights it’s so loud the bass can almost be felt as well as heard and absolutely nothing blocks it out.

This has been going on every weekend for months. Complaints to the club are pretty much dismissed with the equivalent of “you must be imagining it”. In fact, since complaining directly to the club, it has gotten worse. Originally, it was only really loud when they had a band on, and the volume would drop considerably around 11:30-11:45pm. Now, it’s almost every Friday and Saturday night, whether there’s a band or just recorded music. It kicks off between 9-10pm and generally continues (with the odd “break”) until 12:30am….sometimes longer.

Ring on the night and you just get laughed at. Likewise, complaints to the police are pointless as they apparently don’t have the power to do anything except visit them and tell them to turn it down (which would explain the “breaks”). Complaints to the EPA result in a warning letter and a visit, but after that you have to call an EPA officer out to take a reading and for some reason they want to come to my flat rather than do it at the lease boundary. Two attempts to call them out resulted in them arriving during a “break”, so there was nothing to measure.

I find it really hard to believe that the volume they are putting out after 10pm doesn’t exceed 45dB, which from my understanding of the noise standards is the level which applies to their zone after 10pm. However they are adamant it has been checked and okayed by the EPA. Mind you, they are also adamant that things have always been this way, which is a crock (they haven’t always had a bloody subwoofer installed).

It seems as if, when a venue (or rather its staff) are determined to do whatever they damn well like, there’s not much anyone can do about it. I’m pretty pissed off but I feel like I’ve run out of options.

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58 Responses to Noise from the Mawson Club
barney barney 3:47 pm 09 Oct 07

hahaha ! Gotto laugh !

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:02 am 09 Oct 07

Or even worse, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love Yoooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu”!

Stung Stung 9:40 am 09 Oct 07

I feel bad for you having to put up with sh1tty Robbie Williams tribute acts and mediocre cover bands, that’s all Mawson club ever has.

What a rubbish club..

VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best 9:35 am 09 Oct 07

Can you feel the love?

Thumper Thumper 8:07 am 09 Oct 07

Issue all bass players with federally funded 600 watt amps and marshall stacks…

Then we can blow peoples house into the next suburb…

sepi sepi 9:19 pm 08 Oct 07

Different club but still funny

barney barney 9:08 pm 08 Oct 07

Better yet, replace the fuse with your finger.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:50 pm 08 Oct 07

Find the fusebox for the club and pull the plug….

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 6:41 pm 08 Oct 07

This one would probably be just as appropriate Barney:

barney barney 6:08 pm 08 Oct 07

Probably should. Given the amount of “ANALLY RETENTIVE” heaps of sheep-dung crawling about.

I might go see if I can get Canberra added to this Wiki:

ant ant 6:00 pm 08 Oct 07

To all those bitching about Canberra having no live acts/no nightlife/too much red tape, you can always MOVE.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 5:47 pm 08 Oct 07

Move to one of the inner north suburbs like Hackett or Watson and you can be amongst heaps of other NIMBYs complaining about noise related crap.

Good luck with the dB meter, jackass!

barney barney 5:35 pm 08 Oct 07

I initially said in response to this post “you can move”. Having thought about it again, and having read the subsequent posts, I still feel the same way.

I don’t wanna come across all nastily about this, but you live in the Mawson town-centre area. It’s just tough sh1t.

I think there is FAR TOO MUCH RED-TAPE in Canberra already…………………

Pandy Pandy 5:31 pm 08 Oct 07

Ring-up John Stanhope on Chief Ministers talk-back on alternate Fridays ABC radio.

Get a db meter and with the windows closed video tape the readings when the doff doff plays.

Top yourself.

@ JR
Ask bonfire at your next LR meeting.

p1 p1 3:25 pm 08 Oct 07

just move to a house in a paddock in the middle of a bird free animal free forest.

Are you referring to Tasmania? 😉

No, that would also be tree free :o)

Absent Diane Absent Diane 3:21 pm 08 Oct 07

What good gigs have they had there that must be retained?

not the point. The point is that people succesfully whining sets a precedent for other whingers out there.

v_man_returns v_man_returns 3:15 pm 08 Oct 07

What good gigs have they had there that must be retained?

Thumper Thumper 2:46 pm 08 Oct 07

Yay Justbands!

Yep, exactly why the live scene has dwindled to a handful of places.

Maelinar Maelinar 2:35 pm 08 Oct 07

How can you be all out of options with unbroken windows and all those stones outside ?

justbands justbands 2:23 pm 08 Oct 07

As others have said…get over it, or move. It’s people like you that have been slowly destroying the live music industry for some years now…& are the reason why there’s plenty of lobbying for “existing rights” legislation. The music venue was there before you were, you had a choice to move in close to it or not. Don’t like it? MOVE AWAY FROM IT & SHUTUP. No sympathy from me I’m afraid.

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