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McCartney gets 'ultimate songwriter' award at NME awards

Sir Paul McCartney will get the award at the end of the month Credit: PA

Sir Paul McCartney is being celebrated by fellow songwriters with a special one-off prize at the NME Awards recognising his contribution to music over the past half century.

The music weekly has chosen to honour him after approaching a number of musicians who were united in naming him as being unmatchable in his craft.

He is to attend the event, to be staged on February 26 at London's O2 Academy in Brixton, to collect his Songwriter's Songwriter award.

City council release statement on Night & Day row

Manchester City Council has released a statement on a the noise abatement order issued to the Night & Day venue in the city centre.

The statement reads:

"We're legally obliged to investigate all complaints about noise nuisance. After receiving a series of complaints about the venue from one resident, we have spent several months trying to work with both parties but have now been forced to serve a noise abatement notice.

"However, this does not mean we are trying to close the Night and Day down, or that we do not support the city centre's long established live music scene. We now intend to work with the venue's management and the complainant to find a way of resolving the matter."

– Manchester City Council spokesperson

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Night and Day claimant: I don't want the venue shut down

The resident at the centre of a row over a Manchester music venue says the does not want the venue closed down.

The man, who doesn't want to be named, told the Manchester Evening News:

"We have lived in flats around the city centre for three years and we love the shops, bars and nightlife in Manchester. We knew when we moved next to Night and Day that we would hear music, but we didn't expect the excessive noises we've heard.

"We've had pictures fall off the wall because the bass was so loud."

The resident lives with his partner at the flat told and the M.E.N. that council environmental health officers visited last Friday and Saturday night.

The council's team issued the abatement order after hearing the music from the venue.

He added:

"I've tried my utmost to work with the bar and communicate with them, but they just keep saying 'we have been here for a long time' and say I should move out. I want to make it clear that we don't want them to close down".

Manchester music venue could face closure over noise complaint

The Night & Day Cafe Credit: Night & Day Facebook page

An iconic Manchester gig venue could face closure, after a neighbour complained that it was too noisy.

The Night and Day Cafe has helped launch the careers of the likes of Elbow, and owners fear turning the music down will put bands off playing at the venue.

Gareth Butterworth, the venue’s in-house promoter and booker, told the Manchester Evening News that the notice has been issued after one resident who moved nearby less than a year ago complained to the town hall about noise levels.

A petition has been launched at change.org and now has more than 35,000 signatures. The venue will continue to put on shows while it challenges the order.

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Liverpool International Jazz Festival is back for a second year

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Cllr Gary Millar with jazz band White Canvas. Credit: David Munn

The organisers of the Liverpool Jazz Festival have officially launched it's 2014 line-up.

Four new acts are confirmed for next February's event - The Weave,** a collection of some of Liverpool’s most established jazz musicians; acclaimed jazz pianist Jamil Sheriff;** ACV, an experimental contemporary jazz quintet **and classic and contemporary sax quartet HSQ.

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