We live by a major UK stadium – we get the best seat in the house for huge gigs… but a top band was extremely annoying | The Sun08/30/2023
A WOMAN who lives near one of the UK's biggest stadiums has revealed the huge band she found the most annoying.
Katja Krebs often sits in her back garden with a glass of wine listening to live performances from some of the biggest stars in the world.
Katja, who lives a stone's throw from Cardiff's Principality Stadium, could not forgive ColdPlay for their fireworks.
Speaking to The Telegraph she said: "For all their eco-credit, had at least three fireworks or explosions at various times throughout the evening and lots of little bits of paper covered the back yard afterwards.”
Katja said Coldplay were even more annoying than Rammstein, known as the German “dark gods of hard rock”.
Katja said that she often looked up the ticket price of a live show while she was sat in her garden listening to the band for free.
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She said: "By looking up the ticket price and pretending I saved a lot of money. And, sometimes, I sit in the garden, drink in hand, and know I have the best seat in the house.”
Although live music is worth around £billion to the UK economy, there are growing tensions across the country as locals get fed up with the noise.
Chelsea residents have recently blocked the club's plans to host all-day music events.
Clara Cullen, of the Music Venues Trust, said that noise related disputes were the main threat to smaller venues across the UK.
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Jennifer Smithson, the owner of Night & Day Cafe in Manchester, fears her business might be forced to close if she loses a legal dispute with the city's council.
She said that late night DJ sets were crucial to the future of the business despite concerns from locals about noise. Jennifer blames a lack of sound proofing in a number of nearby homes.
Tina Clough, who is not a fan of rock music, lives near Castle Donington. US rock giants Metallica played two night's at the Download festival earlier this year.
Tina said: "In the little village where we live, it’s like a carnival atmosphere, and people love it. It brings increased trade to the shops and pubs.”
Tina, who enjoyed the Guns and Roses set in 2018, added: "It gridlocked the M1 and it was an absolute nightmare for everybody.
“Literally a 15-minute journey took about two hours to do, so people were struggling to get to work, to get their kids from school.
"There was also outrage this year because we couldn’t hear the music either. It’s like adding insult to injury! So we got the
chaos and no entertainment.”
London’s Hyde Park has seen disputes between organisers and locals. In 2012, Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney had their microphones silenced after defying the 10.30pm sound curfew at Hard Rock Calling.
Mike Dunn, vice chairman of the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St. James’s, said: "The noise reached a crescendo around that time when complaints were made from as far afield as St John’s Wood [two miles north]. There were literally hundreds of complaints about noise.”
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