21-24 July 2022 Jodrell Bank Observatory

NOISE MANAGEMENT

Noise management at the Bluedot festival is taken very seriously and we employ expert acoustic consultants, Three Spires Acoustics, to provide event noise control and management throughout the festival. 

This comprises of working closely with sound system suppliers to design sound systems which reduce noise spillage from the event into neighbouring community areas and the use of noise modelling techniques to assist with this process,  well in advance of the show going live.

We have a Premises Licence which is issued by Cheshire East Council and this stipulates maximum noise levels which must not be exceeded, at representative noise sensitive community locations around the festival site and wider areas. The limits are based on national guidance which have been applied successfully at thousands of festivals around the UK.  At the end of the festival a compliance report is provided to the council detailing all noise measurements. Three Spires work closely with council officers and will undertake spot checks and joint visits to local community areas as required. 

State of the art equipment is used to monitor noise from a central control location on the site, while other locations are visited on a rotational basis and in response to any resident requests.

Internal music sound is monitored on all the primary stages and networked to the central control point, allowing instant access and control of onsite sound levels should this be required.  

We strive to ensure  a balance  between limiting music noise disturbance whilst allowing the festival to operate for the enjoyment of the thousands of attendees, many of which are from the local areas. We are confident that the noise management controls in place will achieve this balance.  

Planned sound checks

Thursday 21st July:

  • 12:00 – 14:00 – Artist sound check – Main Stage
  • 12:00 – 14:00 – System checks – All other stages
  • 14:00 – 16:00 – Site Wide Noise Prop