Talkback: Party on! How to beat venue noise restrictions
In my experience councils demand a noise limiter level which makes it impossible for an electric band to perform a viable gig and, when it is enforced on venues, generally means that they have to give up putting on live music events. Quite a few bands now include a "no noise limiter" requirement in their contract. A noise limiter being triggered can and does damage equipment such as valve amps and I would advise anyone using such equipment NEVER to perform in a venue with a noise limiter set at less than 95Db. The present trend of councils demanding noise limiters as a condition of an entertainment license allowing live music may well, with all the other factors, spell the end of live amplified live music in this country which seems to me to be a shame and tantamount to cultural vandalism.