Montrealers Are Pissed About New Volume Limits For Music Festivals This Summer

Cause concerts are supposed to be quiet... right?
Montrealers Are Pissed About New Volume Limits For Music Festivals This Summer

After complaints from residents in Saint-Lambert, the City of Montreal has officially issued a new regulation requiring Montreal's biggest music festivals to limit their volume to 80 decibels.

According to CJAD, a test done last year showed that the volume was reaching somewhere near 86 decibels around midnight at both Heavy Montreal and Osheaga.

This means that this year Osheaga, Heavy Montreal and ÎleSoniq will all have to turn it down to ensure the volume doesn't go over 80 decibels, and reactions to the news show that festival-goers less than impressed. Check out some of the comments below.

When Narcity Quebec broke the news about the volume limit, their Facebook page was quickly swarmed with people complaining.

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The comment above reads:"Forget Excision, it's going to be better to listen in the car."

CJAD also reports that the sound levels will be monitored in real-time and if the decibel level is found to be over the regulated 80 decibels the festival could face a fine, especially if they fail to turn down the sound when found to be over the volume limit.

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The comments above read:"Already last year we heard nothing in the second rushed scene... is this a joke?"

""That's it. The reign of no fun is spreading!"

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The comments above read: "The sound was already really not loud..."

"I have a deaf ear and I heard nothing last year. That's going to be fun."

Evidently, the major concern now is that last year people were already having issues with the volume levels, so these new regulations pose problems already for this year's festivals.

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The comments above read:"We already heard nothing last year... That's pitiful AF."

"F*ck, they must be joking, we already heard nothing last year at ÎleSoniq."

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The comments above reads:"Wtf... It's a festival, it's normal that there is noise."

"400 complaints, give or take, from a city of 21,000 and more inhabitants... again a small minority group is pissing off the majority."

Other events, such as Piknik Electronik, have been given an even stricter volume limit of 75 decibels.

* Translations are my own.

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