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Holloway pub loses its music licence after blasting out 70s classics

12:18 16 November 2012

Motown star Marvin Gaye holding son Frankie.

Motown star Marvin Gaye holding son Frankie.

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Tracks including Marvin Gay’s ‘Let’s Get it On’ and KC and the Sunshine’s ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’ triggered a string of complaints

A pub that was blasting out 70s classics at its neighbours has been stripped of its music licence.

The Wig and Gown pub in Holloway Road, Holloway, drove neighbours bonkers with thumping tracks such as That’s The Way (I Like It).

Last week, Islington Council took action by removing the pub’s live and recorded licence.

The Wig and Gown was allowed to play live music every day until 11pm, and recorded music until midnight on weekdays and 1.30am on weekends, but it had to use electronic sound limiters to ensure the noise was not too loud.

But, according to a council report, noise patrol officers repeatedly caught the pub pumping out over-loud beats. They said they were called to incidents including:

n A neighbour being driven up the wall by 70s disco music – including KC and the Sunshine Band’s That’s The Way (I Like It) – on May 1, 2011. Officers believed the DJ was not using the sound limiter.

n A neighbour being frustrated by a continuous bass beat from Althea & Donna’s Uptown Top Ranking on April 29, 2011. The pub said it was having trouble controlling the bass volume of the juke box.

n A neighbour being annoyed by bass beats from Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On on February 17, 2012. Officers believed the pub’s limiter was not working properly.

In a letter to the council, one fed-up neighbour – who lives above the pub – said: “I have been forced to call out Islington’s late night patrol team on numerous occasions in an attempt to have some quality of life.”

The noise patrol team decided to ask Islington Council to remove the pub’s music licence and scale back its drinking hours.

On November 6, the licensing committee agreed to revoke the music licence but said the pub could continue to serve alcohol until midnight. Chairman Cllr Wally Burgess said: “Despite repeated advice and warnings, the pub had continued to cause noise nuisance to local residents and we had little choice but to remove live and recorded music from the licence.”

The Wig and Gown could not be reached for comment but a spokesman for Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, said: “Further to the result of last week’s hearing, we will take all reasonable action to make sure the publican is compliant.”

Enterprise Inns is looking for a new tenant to take on the business, which could remain as a pub or become a restaurant, office, bookmaker or shop.

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