Penrith’s High Street Social has cancelled all planned live music gigs for the rest of the year as it battles challenges around its licence and noise complaints.
The venue, which opened in 2017, has faced challenges over the years and has recently undergone a change of management.
The High Street bar has been running live gigs, featuring mainly heavy metal bands, in ‘The Sound Garden’ at the back of the premises.
In a statement on social media, the venue confirmed it would be forced to change direction.
“It is with a heavy heart to announce that we will be cancelling all future bands for the Sound Garden. Unfortunately due to license restrictions passed forward onto us we are no longer able to hold these types of events,” the statement said.
“It has been made very clear that we need to remain compliant with the restrictions in place for the venue or risk losing it entirely and our livelihood. We will look to have more basic forms of entertainment like solo’s and duet acoustics at a level that does not interfere with our restrictions and are aligned with our plan of management.
“We do apologise however it is completely out of our hands.”
The venue’s new management has promised a “responsible/compliant” venue moving forward, along with a new food and beverage menu in the coming weeks.
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