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Cardiff venue The Globe to stage live music again

The Globe
The Globe was closed while soundproofing work was carried out

The Globe music venue in Cardiff is to stage live music events again after it was granted a licence by the council.

It had been forced to close its doors after complaints about noise from residents in the Roath area of the city

But following a £25,000 refurbishment, including extensive soundproofing, it has been given a live music licence by Cardiff council subject to conditions.

Alan Jones, who owns the threatened 300-seater venue, said he hoped to book bands again as soon as possible.

Under conditions laid down by Cardiff council, the venue will be allowed to open from 12 noon to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and from 12 noon to 0100 on Friday and Saturday.

Music will be allowed up to 2330 from Sunday to Thursday and until 0030 on Friday and Saturday.

Cardiff has a thriving live music scene, and venues like The Globe are a vital part of it
Councillor Ed Bridges

Following the decision Mr Jones thanked everyone who had pledged their support to The Globe and said: "We're delighted that we can open our doors again."

"We worked hard alongside the council to meet the necessary sound proofing requirements and we're very happy that we can now operate without causing any nuisance to our neighbours.

"We're very much part of the community in Roath and in Cardiff and it's wonderful that we can once again bring live music to the city."

Speaking before the decision, the live music promoter said it would take a little while for the venue to get up and running again as it had been virtually closed for eight weeks.

"We would be looking to book as many nights a week as we can," he said. "We would have different nights for different things."


Cardiff council considered the application for The Globe to reopen on Friday.

Councillor Ed Bridges, who chaired the licensing committee, said he was "confident" that the venue would now be able to operate without causing any disturbance to local residents.

"It's important to remember that The Globe was only ever granted a licence on the basis that all the necessary sound-proofing would be carried out," he said.

"The licence was only revoked because the sound-proofing work hadn't been carried out as expected.

"Now that the work has been completed and tests have shown that the sound-proofing has made a significant improvement, we are very happy to permit live music to take place at The Globe again.

"Cardiff has a thriving live music scene, and venues like The Globe are a vital part of it."

Old cinema

The Globe, a former cinema, re-opened as a music venue in 2008, covering rock, blues, jazz and folk.

Artists who have appeared have included Glen Tillbrook, The Blockheads and Wishbone Ash.

The venue in Albany Road is close to the site of an older cinema, which dated back to 1914.

But Cardiff council's licensing committee revoked its live music licence in September 2009 following complaints from nearby residents about noise levels.

The venue remained open pending an appeal against the decision but closed in February for soundproofing work.


Mr Jones, a former member of 1960s chart toppers Amen Corner, won a temporary events notice for a "warm-up gig" earlier this month.

He said council officers had appeared satisfied with the noise level tests conducted following the soundproofing work and he said he had been "optimistic" about the licensing hearing.

Speaking before the council hearing, he said: "We have done the tests and they seem to be okay with it.

"They seemed to be satisfied that we've done enough to prevent the problem but nothing is over until the fat lady sings."

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