‘Club music too loud’

2013-11-27 00:00

RESIDENTS who live near Tiger Tiger are collecting signatures for a petition to get the city nightclub to turn down the volume of its music.

Those living around the nightclub say they are sick and tired of the extremely loud music that the club plays every weekend.

Tiger Tiger, in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, operates from Thursday evening to Saturday when the music continues until the early hours of Sunday morning. The music is played at such a high level that residents who live in the flats surrounding the club say they are extremely inconvenienced.

Christine Barkhuizen, a trustee at the Kemsley Flats located near the club, has drawn up a petition to stop the loud music.

“[The music] is so loud, you can’t even sleep. We never had this problem when the club was Crowded House. You could hear the music, but since the club became Tiger Tiger, they have been playing the music much louder,” she told The Witness.

Barkhuizen said she has received numerous complaints from tenants and from people living in other blocks.

“Surely there must be a limit to the volume or a deadline for the music to stop? We have many people like nurses and police who do shift work. They need their sleep and the music causes problems with this.”

A nurse who lives in Kemsley Flats, who asked not to be named, said the loud music affects her job and her studying: “The loud music is very insensitive. The police have become tired of us reporting it. When we report it, the police come, they lower the music, and as soon as the police go the volume goes up again.”

The matter has been brought to the attention of the area councillor Judith Lawrence.

Lawrence said: “Many complaints about the loud music at the Tiger Tiger nightclub have been brought up. The biggest issue is that similar sorts of clubs have been operating without hassle, yet this one does so at an unacceptable level.”

She said she had brought the matter to the municipality’s attention.

Tiger Tiger’s Cairly Bradford said: “The area where Tiger Tiger is situated has been zoned for entertainment since about 1992 when O’ Hagan’s first opened their doors. The sound system is exactly the same as Crowded House. We purchased their equipment and did not add any other equipment. As such there is no discernable difference in the noise levels now than when it was Crowded House.”

Numerous attempts to get comment from the municipality were unsuccessful.

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