Con­cert draws most noise com­plaints

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A new arena lay­out and more than 10,000 peo­ple at Mt Smart Sta­dium for West­Fest on a Tues­day night are be­ing seen as con­trib­u­tors to the high vol­ume of noise com­plaints that evening.

Plans for a third West­Fest are on the ta­ble but or­gan­is­ers are un­sure where it will be held.

The rock and metal fes­ti­val moved to Mt Smart Sta­dium af­ter launch­ing at Trusts Arena in Hen­der­son last year.

Auck­land Coun­cil says the March 3 event prompted 52 noise com­plaints.

West­Fest pro­duced the most com­plaints of any rock or sim­i­lar mu­sic event at Mt Smart since 2010.

The now de­funct Big Day Out fes­ti­val was last held at Mt Smart in 2012 and re­ceived fewer than five com­plaints, pre­dom­i­nantly from nearby busi­nesses.

Coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal health manager Mervyn Chetty says only one com­plaint was re­ceived for the Rolling Stones gig held at the sta­dium in Novem­ber.

No com­plaints were re­ceived by the coun­cil when the Foo Fighters played there. Chetty says a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of com­plaints were made in 2010 dur­ing U2’s pre-con­cert sound­check, but none were re­ceived for their ac­tual con­cert.

West­Fest com­plied with the city’s noise lim­its.

A coun­cil noise spe­cial­ist was on site and West­Fest pub­li­cist John Baker says the high vol­ume of com­plaints could be at­trib­uted to a new lay­out used at Mt Smart specif­i­cally for the rock fes­ti­val.

‘‘The main sta­dium was not used, and our main stage was closer to the perime­ter than what is usu­ally the norm. It also faced south,’’ Baker says.

The fact the fes­ti­val was on a Tues­day in March, rather than a week­end in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary, may also have con­trib­uted to the high num­ber of com­plaints, Baker says.

‘‘The lineup also fea­tured per­form­ers per­haps not that well known to lo­cal res­i­dents.’’

The coun­cil ‘‘takes the con­cerns of sur­round­ing proper- ties about noise lev­els very se­ri­ously’’, Chetty says.

He says fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers vol­un­tar­ily re­duced noise lev­els in re­sponse to the num­ber of com­plaints that were be­ing re­ceived.

The max­i­mum deci­bel noise the event was al­lowed to hit on the night was 78 deci­bels. West­Fest reg­is­tered 71 deci­bels at sur­round­ing res­i­dences, Chetty says.

Or­gan­is­ers spent a year plan­ning the fes­ti­val and Baker says the 10,000 peo­ple who at­tended were well­be­haved.

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