One of Liverpool’s most important venues is under threat once again as developers are granted approval to install windows in a neighbouring building that will lead to noise complaints. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight reports.
Anyone who has been to a party at Liverpool’s iconic 24 Kitchen Street venue will know how important the space is to the city’s musical and wider cultural landscape. The venue has never been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to putting on something that little bit different; refeshing in a city that is fast becoming saturated by the ‘same-old-same-old’.
Likewise, then, you will no doubt be outraged by Liverpool City Council‘s decision to grant permission to developers of an apartment block, immediately next door to Kitchen Street, allowing them to install windows which will, as owners point out, almost certainly lead to noise complaints.
“Liverpool is a Unesco World Heritage site for music, so it is ironic that the council is failing to protect grassroots and independent music in the city.” – 24 Kitchen Street
Considering how much onus is placed upon Liverpool’s deeply rich musical heritage that spans decades and straddles the entire spectrum of genres – not just electronic music – it is an absolute disgrace that a council that is beholden to do the best for the city’s heritage, as well as its people and the businesses they run, has taken the decision to put one of its most crucial venues at risk…again.
If you want to show your support, share this article and let Liverpool Council know that they are making the wrong decision. The venue are currently running a GoFundMe to help with legal costs associated with hiring a barrister who, hopefully, can assist in winning a Deed of Easement. Owners explain what this is:
“This is a legal agreement signed by future residents of any new development which says, in simple terms, that the new resident knows the venue is there, knows that it being there results in music and crowds, and accepts that this is a normal part of the life of the city in this location which they acknowledge and accept they have chosen to live with. This has been used to protect other venues around the country such as Ministry of Sound, The Stables and George Tavern.”
Get involved and give this fantastic venue and its owners your full support and lets ensure Liverpool continues to set the pace in terms of brilliant musical ventures.