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Studio 24 music venue to close after 'noise complaints'

Its owners criticised the impact of 'harsh' council rules on the music venue.

Studio 24: Owners decided to 'jump rather than be pushed'.
Studio 24: Owners decided to 'jump rather than be pushed'. © Studio 24

Edinburgh's Studio 24 music venue is set to close its doors after 22 years.

The club's owners said they had decided to "jump rather than be pushed" following a series of a noise complaints.

They also criticised the impact of "harsh" council restrictions on the city's music scene.

Edinburgh City Council said it has not received a complaint about Studio 22 since November last year, however.

The Calton Road venue has faced licensing problems in recent years and reportedly spent more than £40,000 on soundproofing.

A spokesman said: "For years we've fought the good fight, giving a place for lovers of underground music somewhere where they feel safe in a friendly environment surrounded by staff who genuinely care about the music playing.

"We are gutted that we have had to come to this decision but with years of investing thousands upon thousands in soundproofing and legal fees in order to stay open, alongside complaining neighbours and harsh council enforced sound restrictions, we feel that these problems will not leave us."

The owners said they had been informed another licence hearing was looming, "threatening our ability to stay open to the public".

"We feel that it's better to jump than be pushed," they added. "Perhaps us leaving the entertainment circuit in Edinburgh might make the powers that be realise that a shake-up of how a capital city's music scene should be supported."

Studio 24 will shut its doors for the last time in June.

Last month nearby Electric Circus on Market Street announced it would close to make way for an extension to the Fruitmarket Gallery. Both buildings are owned by Edinburgh City Council.

The announcement follows the closure of the Downstairs music venue Aberdeen which reportedly faced an £80,000 soundproofing bill.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh City Council said: "Staff have been speaking to Edinburgh's venue owners and performers for more than a year to establish a plan for live music in the city.

"During this time, significant changes have been made to make Edinburgh's noise policy clearer and fairer with the removal of what became known as the 'inaudibility clause'. 

"Since the new conditions came into effect for Studio 24 in November, the council hasn't received any noise complaints relating to the venue."

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