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Live music venue's closure worry

The Point
An online petition has been set up in support of The Point

A music venue which has played host to bands like the Stereophonics is threatened with closure after a noise complaint means it must go to court.

Based in a former church in Cardiff Bay, The Point, was served with a notice asking for noise to be kept to a minimum by Cardiff council in November.

The Point is appealing against the notice, prompted by a local resident's complaint, in court next month.

If rejected The Point may be fined 20,000 prompting fears it would close.

The venue, housed in a gothic-style church which is 108-years-old, is situated in Mount Stuart Square and is surrounded mainly by offices and several new flats have been developed in buildings nearby.

The Point says it is doing everything it can to resolve the issue and has appealed for support from music lovers in the city.

An online petition has been set up which so far has collected more than 600 signatures.

It is not uncommon for acts arriving at The Point to be over awed by the building and its magnificent stain glassed windows
Music promoter John Rostron

One of the signatories James Wise said The Point was one of the reasons he moved to Cardiff Bay.

"I live opposite the venue and the music is never too loud. There's never any trouble either," he said.

Another, Rhys Davies argued the loss of The Point "would seriously impact live music and culture in general in Cardiff".

Since becoming a live music venue in 2003, The Point has staged concerts by up and coming musicians as well as well-established acts like Manic Street Preachers, Cerys Matthews, Super Furry Animals, Candi Staton and Athlete.

John Rostron, whose company PlugTwo promotes the venue, said a city like Cardiff needed a network of live venues to develop acts.

Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals have played at the venue

He added that losing the Point after the recent closure of two other live music venues - the Toucan Club and the Coal Exchange - would destroy the capacity for live music in Cardiff and would have a knock on effect for other smaller venues which had benefited from the Point's success.

"If live agents know there is a mid sized venue like The Point to send their bands on their way up to play the much larger students union and maybe one day the Cardiff International Arena, then many more bands get shows in Cardiff at smaller venues," he said.

"In the UK you just don't get venues that are as beautiful as The Point.

"It is not uncommon for acts arriving at The Point to be over-awed by the building and its magnificent stain glassed windows."

The Point's owner Richard Jones did not want to comment because of the pending legal proceedings.

A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: "We are continuing to monitor compliance of the abatement notice and are unable to comment any further at this point in time."

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