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AC-DC concert 'heard four miles away' and sets off car alarms

Martin Chilton

Published 16/12/2015 | 14:29

Angus Young, left, and Brian Johnson, of AC/DC, perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Angus Young, left, and Brian Johnson, of AC/DC, perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.

AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" concert at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, last night has sparked a row over noise pollution. The set by the Australian musicians could be heard four miles (6.5km) away across Waitemata Harbour in Birkenhead.

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The heavy metal band were measured at 103 decibels and their loud music set off numerous car alarms outside the venue, which holds 30,000 spectators.

The combined efforts of the band were louder than recent performers Foo Fighters (98 decibels), Eminem (101 decibels) and the Big Day Out Festival (101 decibels ).

Auckland Council received 27 noise complaints but their manager of environmental health, Mervyn Chetty, told The New Zealand Herald that "the permitted maximum noise level when measured at the mixing desk at the stadium is 107 decibels."

AC/DC, who played for two and a half hours, will be the first band to perform at London's former Olympic Stadium following its revamp. IN July this year they left Dublin fans Thunderstruck with their set at the Aviva Stadium.

Telegraph.co.uk

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