Iconic music venue seeks £10,000 to stay open

Iconic music venue seeks £10,000 to stay open

PERFORMING: Band 'Larry and his Flask' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Band 'Larry and his Flask' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Band 'Larry and his Flask' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Band 'Larry and his Flask' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Local band 'Nights' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Local band 'Nights' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

PERFORMING: Local band 'Nights' at Le Pub. Pic by Jonny Reasons

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ONE of Newport’s best-loved music venues risks closure unless music fans can raise £10,000 to sound-proof the roof, staff have said.

Owner Samantha Dabb has started a campaign to raise the cash with a number of novel fundraising ideas such as the ability to dedicate a urinal or toilet cubicle.

Le Pub opened in the city 22 years ago and since then has hosted bands ranging from Goldie Lookin’ Chain to British Sea Power, along with many up and coming local artists.

Ms Dabb said: “We are extremely disappointed in finding ourselves in the position where we are having to crowd fund to ensure our venue stays open. But this is where we are at: Le Pub will not remain open unless we are able to soundproof the building and we need to raise £10,000 to do so.”

“We've recently started to receive complaints from the neighbours and it's a problem that isn't just going to go away.”

Pubgoers who want their own plaque above a urinal are out of luck as the four on offer have already been claimed, but they at the time of going to press two toilet cubicles were still available for a bargainous £75.

Other goodies include free entry to gigs for a year, a private party, Le Pub branded glasses and the chance to name your own cocktail which will be on sale.

The pub came top in the regional section of the NME Small Venues Award, and fourth across the entire UK.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Newport City Council received complaints in relation to Le Pub and subsequently served a noise abatement notice in October 2013. This required the control of noise levels from amplified music to prevent a nuisance being caused to nearby residents.

“Further complaints have recently been received and advice has been provided to ensure that the operators of the premises are fully aware of their responsibilities. It has been made clear that formal action may be taken if complaints continue to be received and an investigation by officers proves that the pub has caused a statutory nuisance, breaching the requirements of the notice.

“It should be noted that the council does not have the power to require a premises to close under statutory nuisance legislation.”

The total raised so far stands at £2,575.

Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-le-pub.

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1:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

RoughJustice4U says...

Noise...from a pub? Who would have thought it!
Well those noisy football and rugby supporters in Rodney Parade had better keep it down a bit, you might disturb the locals next door.
Noise...from a pub? Who would have thought it! Well those noisy football and rugby supporters in Rodney Parade had better keep it down a bit, you might disturb the locals next door. RoughJustice4U
  • Score: 25

1:42pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

What sort of moron moves into a house next to a pub which is well known for hosting live music events, and then complains about the noise?
What sort of moron moves into a house next to a pub which is well known for hosting live music events, and then complains about the noise? Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 34

2:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

theNOTHING says...

Music venue has been open for 22 years.
People move in near to said music venue, knowing it is a music venue.
People complain about noise from said music venue.
Good job people of Newport.
Music venue has been open for 22 years. People move in near to said music venue, knowing it is a music venue. People complain about noise from said music venue. Good job people of Newport. theNOTHING
  • Score: 26

3:26pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dugstar says...

Loosing too many music venues in South Wales. Same thing happened with The Point in Cardiff. Residents moved in, complained about the noise. Venue was closed down.
Loosing too many music venues in South Wales. Same thing happened with The Point in Cardiff. Residents moved in, complained about the noise. Venue was closed down. Dugstar
  • Score: 11

5:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

cymruamblyth says...

I remember a year or so back 'Le pub' was closing.. After several articles from the Argus pushing the place to the moon and four failed kick-starters. all the peons like Broadsworddan threw they're toys out of there Wendy houses as it was the councils responsibility to subsidise failing business

Then eureka the owner let her have it for cheaper rent.. I've been there and the place is dead!

I thought there was a Indian takeaway and a Solicitors either side so whoever its because off soundproofing has been duped pure and simple
I remember a year or so back 'Le pub' was closing.. After several articles from the Argus pushing the place to the moon and four failed kick-starters. all the peons like Broadsworddan threw they're toys out of there Wendy houses as it was the councils responsibility to subsidise failing business Then eureka the owner let her have it for cheaper rent.. I've been there and the place is dead! I thought there was a Indian takeaway and a Solicitors either side so whoever its because off soundproofing has been duped pure and simple cymruamblyth
  • Score: -19

1:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

shellylil says...

CYMRUAMBLYTH You are an idiot. The noise complaint has come from the blewitt street area. Have you been there on a gig night? The place is packed! In the summer it gets a little quieter as it's real hot in there but they can't open the windows because of said complaining neighbours.. Been going there for 15 years now, it is part of our town, our music culture our social circle, our friendships. Have a word with yourself will you? Where do you spend your weekends with Iffy?
CYMRUAMBLYTH You are an idiot. The noise complaint has come from the blewitt street area. Have you been there on a gig night? The place is packed! In the summer it gets a little quieter as it's real hot in there but they can't open the windows because of said complaining neighbours.. Been going there for 15 years now, it is part of our town, our music culture our social circle, our friendships. Have a word with yourself will you? Where do you spend your weekends with Iffy? shellylil
  • Score: 13

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