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Music venue forced to close over £80,000 noise complaint bill

Downstairs on Holburn Street, Aberdeen, says its owner will not pay to fix the problem.

Downstairs: Venue forced to shut its doors (file pic).
Downstairs: Venue forced to shut its doors (file pic). Matt Jolly

A struggling music venue will be forced to close its doors after noise complaints left it facing an £80,000 bill.

Downstairs in Aberdeen was handed a warning by the city council in January for being too loud.

The Holburn Street venue faced spending £80,000 on noise insulation to fix the problem, which it says its owner would not pay for.

Downstairs will close at the end of July while sister bar The Malt Mill will shut in August.

In a post on social media, a spokesman for the venue said: "The brewery do not seem to have any plans to do the soundproofing for us anymore as the quote was £80,000.

"We are also just not making enough money and right now we need to try and make sure we do not leave in debt.

"Even if somebody could raise us £80,000 it might still not be enough to ensure that we have a venue that can operate, or that it would be busy enough to keep the business alive."

Aberdeen City Council said it is "entirely up to venues to decide what measures they take" to reduce noise levels.

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