Manchester’s iconic Night & Day at risk of closure

Night & Day will face a court hearing in November after a noise abatement notice.
Photo credit: Ben Smithson

The legendary venue may be forced to close its doors following a noise abatement notice from Manchester City Council.

After receiving the notice almost a year ago, the owners of the Mancunian venue will face a court hearing scheduled for the end of November. It follows noise complaints from residents who moved into an apartment next to the venue during lockdown, and were unaware of the usual noise disturbances from businesses in the area.

Owner of Night & Day, Jennifer Smithson was forced to choose between complying with the requirements of the notice, which would drastically impact the venue’s business, or risk three days in court and potential closure.

Ahead of the court date, Jennifer Smithson says: “We were one of the founding businesses in the development of the Northern Quarter, people wanted to move here because of vibrant, interesting places like Night & Day which is great and it’s really enhanced the area. “

“We now have to either accept the noise abatement notice, which will put us at risk of immediate prosecution in the event of noise complaints, or go to court at significant expense to appeal it. This could mean the end of Night & Day forever. It’s a nightmare.” 

The court hearing will be held from 29th November to 1st December 2022. A petition to save the venue can be found here and updates will be posted on social media using #savenightandday

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