Musicians feel blue over end to live acts at Blu Jaz

Blue Jaz, a three-level live-music nightspot in Bali Lane, is packed on most Friday nights and a wide range of genres is played, ranging from experimental jazz to pop and rock, or even a mix of them. The venue cannot hold live performances from Feb 1
Blue Jaz, a three-level live-music nightspot in Bali Lane, is packed on most Friday nights and a wide range of genres is played, ranging from experimental jazz to pop and rock, or even a mix of them. The venue cannot hold live performances from Feb 1, but can continue to operate as an eateryST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Many feel that the performances there changed how people appreciated music

Following the announcement that live entertainment venue and nightspot Blu Jaz Cafe had lost its appeal to keep its entertainment licence last Wednesday, musicians told The Sunday Times this would leave a "gaping hole" in the entertainment scene in Singapore.

The venue had been served notice on Oct 8 last year as it had exceeded the limit for demerit points because of previous offences, including for severe overcrowding on two occasions, which the police said posed major safety risks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'Musicians feel blue over end to live acts at Blu Jaz'. Print Edition | Subscribe