The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Concert noise can be heard from even 1km away


LAST Friday, the Esplanade opened its annual Indian arts festival, Kalaa Utsavam, with an outdoor performance by Sufi Gospel Project, a group of musicians from New Delhi.

At the same time, a four-hour concert touted as the "biggest Korean pop music event in Singapore" was going on at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, a few hundred metres away.

The Korean pop concert was very loud and I could hear it as I was approaching the Esplanade from the Padang - at least 1km away. Needless to say, Sufi Gospel Project's performance was drowned out.

Were the organisers of the K-pop concert aware that the Esplanade was also holding a concert nearby? Did the Esplanade management hold prior discussions with the K-pop concert organisers to reach a compromise on the noise level?

Richard Seah