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Mao Livehouse plans reopening

MAO Livehouse, a popular bar and nightclub among locals and expatriates, will reopen its new venue tomorrow after completing some renovation work in response to mounting noise complaints and disputes with nearby residents.

Livehouse had canceled some live shows this week after opening its new venue on Chongqing Road S. last Friday.

The bar issued a notice this week on the Internet, saying indoor construction work was expected to be completed before tomorrow and some live shows would be delayed to another date.

"We found the noise problem on the first day of the reopening after we moved here," Li Dalong, the owner of Livehouse, told Shanghai Daily yesterday. "Most of the sound went out through the bathroom windows and we have already fixed this problem."

Bathroom windows have since been sealed with sound absorbing boards.

Li said nearby residents may have complained to the police after the first live show when some excited customers shouted and threw beer bottles in the street after the gig.

"We've been keeping a low-profile since we moved here," Li said. "We don't even have our logo at the entrance."

The stairs at the entrance were paved with sound deadening materials yesterday while more doors were being installed inside the club to reduce noise.

"There are always problems like this for a new venue," said Li, who had planned to fix them before the complaints.

However, not many residents in nearby Lane 436 on Xujiahui Road had complained about noise from the bar.

A resident surnamed Ye, who lives on the top floor of a building nearby, said the ventilation fan on the roof of the building where Mao is located was the main cause for the noise.

"It's too annoying and makes unendurable noise at night," Ye said.

Li said Livehouse will reopen tomorrow for a band's album release party and scheduled performances in April will also go ahead. This Sunday night's show has been postponed due to the illness of a band member, Li said.

Mao Livehouse has been one of the most influential venues in the city for many local indie bands and touring bands. It's considered a crucial stop on their China tour. The new venue is much bigger and can accommodate more than 600 people at one time.


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