Originally Posted by clint_silver
Believe it or not, there's even some hotels that ask for music to be turned down or even off as other guests in the same hotel have complained about the noise levels. one in particular in dublin ALWAYS ask for music to be turned down no matter what level its at, and Im talking to conversation levels. sheesh...why even bother?
They don't tell you this when booking though.
Having played in a wedding band I can tell you this is quite a recurring theme. A lot of places also have sound detection equipment, but place the sensor in the wrong place so that even clapping your hands sets it up into the red! One hotel along the promenade has that problem, as well as plenty of managers who spend their whole night telling bands to turn down, even when our own decibel checker is well below the EU regulations.
As for Glenlo - have played there a few times, they're generally fine, but be aware that the DJ might not have a say in when he finishes. The issue is, they have an upstairs venue and the main smoking area is on the balcony, hence when the doors are open, sound travels freely across the open countryside/golf course to whichever ears choose to get annoyed.
I don't know why hotels book functions that have loud music if their venue isn't set up for it.
And yeah, most hotels won't tell you that they have to have a really really really really quiet band and that the residents complain and that they have to finish by midnight.
Problem is, punters/customers never make any formal complaint to the hotels, so they get away with it. Very annoying for the bands/DJs though, I remember one gig once where we hadn't even played a note and a manager came up to our keyboard player to tell him to turn down the volume -> it was the house music that was playing. That was a bad night. I won't say where that was...
Just my 2c