Police intervene in Kalk Bay noise battle

“Kalk Bay restaurant the Brass Bell had to cancel a karaoke contest with prizes worth R50 000 after it was ordered to stop hosting live bands following complaints from residents.

Police, liquor inspectors and law enforcement officers did an inspection last week and told its management live bands were no longer allowed.

“We brought the conditions of their licence to their attention. They can have a two-piece band with no drums and amplified music and can only have it until 11pm. We did not issue a fine. We just asked them to comply and we will follow up,” police spokesman FC van Wyk said yesterday.

Brass Bell managing director Oliver Bauer said: “It is affecting our business. We have over 100 staff and part of our business is live music.”

He acknowledged the restaurant’s liquor licence precluded it from hosting live bands. “It is a pity because we were having a karaoke competition and the semi-finals would have been tonight.

“The prize money was R50 000… but we had to cancel,” he said.”

Cape Times

18 July 2012

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