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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Barrow band 'too loud' for gig

AS they thrash guitars, bang drums and bear down on their microphones, there’s no doubt four-piece outfit CodeJak make a fair bit of noise.

But they are a rock band – and if there is one thing groups of this ilk do well, it is cranking up the volume for a good session of headbanging,

It seems, however, that the high decibel antics of the local favourites have come back to bite them – in the shape of a council environmental health manager from Barrow Council.

For Town Hall chiefs have pulled the plug on a planned gig by the band tomorrow, saying they are simply too loud.

CodeJak were due to headline this weekend’s Croftrock Festival, at the Crofters pub, in Holbeck, in aid of the Huntingdon’s Disease Association.

The group, which has recently played at the Bulldog Bash bikers rally, has been left flabbergasted.

The band has an established following and believe they would have attracted between 60 to 100 fans for their 7pm slot.

Dave Turner, drummer with the band, said: “We got booked to headline and we easily had 60 plus people coming down that we knew about.

“There are other bands playing and it’s not just going to be an acoustic event but we are probably the rockiest band. Sometimes we’re labelled as metal, but we’re a diverse band.

“Being banned is laughable.

“It’s strange that they haven’t put a stop to the music, just one band.”

Anne Pearson, environmental health manager at Barrow Borough Council, said: “Following the last two outdoor events at Crofters, the Environmental Health Department received complaints about noise nuisance. An investigation revealed that conditions relating to noise on the Premises Licence were not being complied with.

“The Environmental Health Department has been working with the licensee to resolve this issue and in the meantime he has taken the decision to reduce noise levels by limiting the type of live music provided at outdoor events.”

Jill Wheeler, Crofters landlady, said she was told if the band play they would exceed sound limits at the venue. She said: “We had to cancel them.

“We were gutted. When we get our licence changed we will put CodeJak on. We went to the town hall but they said they’re a band – they will break the sound limit.

“We’re trying to make this a family pub as much as we can. We don’t want to upset the band but we can’t go against the town hall.”

Have your say

CodeJak are a great band and are the only band in the area who are actually putting Barrow on the map. They are playing all over the UK and Europe supporting big acts. Check out the reviews all over the internet and that just proves they are a great band! Barrow people are so fickle and it's the minority that spoil it for the majority. Main thing is it was for charity! Very unfortunate for the charity as CodeJak had alot of fans attending this event.

Posted by Josh on 1 October 2012 at 11:01

"As always people seem to forget
when they choose to live in the area by Crofters ,
the pub has always been there."
Posted by Gill on 27 August 2012 at 00:20
Showing your age there kid.

Posted by Looby Looe on 27 August 2012 at 15:32

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