Police stop live music at top CT venue

2012-07-17 16:52
Cape Town – The police have allegedly ordered popular Cape Town restaurant Brass Bell to stop hosting live music events, reports Rollingstone.co.za.

According to the report on the music magazine's site, the venue's booking agent Alex Wise sent a letter out to supporters and musicians stating the reasons for the shut-down.

"We had the SAPS come over to the venue on Wednesday and tell us that we have to stop all full live music moving forward, with the exception of having 2-man acoustic bands with no drums or amplification.

"The main issue has been disturbances caused by intoxicated people leaving the venue and karaoke night every Tuesday. Bottom line, the actual live music isn't the issue, which is really frustrating," said Wise.

Brass Bell's Daen Smith told Channel24 that due to a noise complaint that the restaurant received, they will still be hosting musicians, but for acoustic performances only.

The restaurant has been running in Kalk Bay for 31 years and according to Smith, live music is a large part of their offering.


  • conrad.geldenhuys - 2012-07-17 17:08

    Shocking , Simply Shocking!!!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-07-17 18:17

      What is shocking mate - the hormonal driven devices that can't handle their alcohol content ?

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:10

    Move the Show to a viable location, If the Legacy has been accomplished then the Patrons will follow.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-07-17 17:24

      You obviously don't know where the Brass Bell is. The location is unique and 90% of the appeal, you cannot "move" it.

      tammy.petersen.73 - 2012-07-17 17:28

      lol its basically in the sea.No way to move location.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:38

      Unfortunately it seems it has become a nuisance to some of the Local Residence , Either the drunken patrons leaving the premises or the Sound levels being above the Zonal parameters.

  • tammy.petersen.73 - 2012-07-17 17:24

    same old story for the old age pensioners living in this area.Any fun anywhere they complain and they wonder why the drug problem is so big in Fish Hoek area.What the hell is left?

  • Billy - 2012-07-17 17:48

    invest in some sound proofing? i dno, very expensive but worthit in the long run. hmm then again, one massive storm(as they happen in the cape of storms) and the place is flooded again, and all that sound proofing is wasted.. im not too big on acoustics, but surely something can be done to direct the sound or dampen it at least..

  • brian.alcock.988 - 2012-07-18 12:25

    Absolutely ridiculous - Brass Bell has been doing this for 30 years without an issue. If its the street disturbances causing the problem then the police should deal with that specific issue. Why penalise all the law abiding citizens who go to the Bell for the enjoyment of music?

  • dianne.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-07-18 12:36

    how very very sad. What about all the contestants to the competition which we've been judging and their disappointment and unmet expectations, that's not right! Nevermind the hosting artists, Alan and Shelley who have taken a knock in income! Excuse me!

  • leigh.watermeyer - 2012-07-18 12:52

    The Brass Bell is a place where so many people have built great memories. It is absolutely ridiculous that after all these years that the music gets shut down.

  • robnelrob - 2012-07-18 12:58

    There is so much of this sort of thing happening recently. I had a gig shut down about a month ago by a drunk policeman who threatened the venue owners and technicians. Being an up-market venue and a crowd of enthusiastic over 30's, there were some legal professionals in attendance and it all backfired. Other police advised laying charges against the drunk one and after a disruptive 90 minutes the party continued. The approach to end this sort of disruption is to generate understanding by highlighting the economic and cultural value of live music venues in our city/country, like this study in Australia last year... http://www.liveperformance.com.au/site/_content/document/00000198-source.pdf

  • RudeBong - 2012-07-19 15:56

    The venue is on the damned main road of Kalk bay in a central business area. Live music in any form should be allowed. This is the most stupid thing ever, live music is a part of society and it is up to the police to do their damned jobs and keep the people who disturb the area quiet and in tow. SAPS - DO your godammned jobs instead of killing an important part of south african culture!

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