Live music in Wales is under increasingly under threat, and will continue to be so unless planning laws are changed to protect venues from complaints about noise.
A campaign has recently launched to save Womanby Street, a Cardiff city centre hub of music venues, where planning has just been submitted for a multi-story block of flats directly adjoining the long-established Clwb Ifor Bach.
Nearby venues Dempseys and the Moon have recently closed for redevelopment, and this week Moon's sister club, the Full Moon, has been forced to close for as yet undisclosed reasons in the same street.
In 2009 Cardiff lost The Point, a highly popular mid-capacity venue with audiences and artists alike, which closed following complaints about noise from residents of flats built after the venue opened.
The Musicians’ Union has met with Save Womanby Street organisers and are proactively supporting this campaign.
We are calling for special designation for such areas to restrict residential schemes, and the adoption of the Agent of Change principle as currently exists in England.
Add your voice to the petition calling for Agent of Change in Wales.
The Welsh Government said the "cultural contribution" of music venues was being considered in a review of planning law.