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People living 8 km away from a music festival complain about noise

The weekend’s S2O the city of Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival took place at the Central Harborfront.

Eight noise complaints about the weekend’s festival at the Central Harborfront have been reported to Hong Kong environmental authorities, and some residents in Wong Tai Sin and Tsz Wan Shan, eight kilometers away, have complained about loud music disturbing them.

The S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival’s organizers announced on Wednesday that they had hired personnel to measure noise levels at various locations throughout the venue, and that they had “no serious exceedance” noted during the entire event.
A festival representative stated, “During the event, the measurements were reported to the Environmental Protection Department every hour.”

“During and after the event, the organizer maintained close communication with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the police.”

US singer Pauline Herr, Moldovan song producer Andrew Rayel, and South Korean DJ NewJeansNim were among the performers scheduled for the two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday.

DJ NewJeansNim was among the performers at the weekend. Photo: Facebook/S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival

On social media, some residents of the communities across Victoria Harbour in Wong Tai Sin and Tsz Wan Shan claimed to have felt vibrations from loud music on both nights.

Others claimed to have dizziness and ear pain.

“I can still hear the noise even though all the doors are closed,” a Facebook user stated over the weekend. This is absurd.

Another internet user claimed he had to take painkillers because the noise was so loud.

Some other people online questioned the range of sound waves and why the music was only audible to those living in Wong Tai Sin and not to those living throughout the Kowloon peninsula. There are 8 km in a straight line between Central and Wong Tai Sin.

According to the Environmental Protection Department, it kept in touch with the organizers of the various outdoor music events held on the Central Harborfront and “paid close attention to various outdoor music events.”

A representative stated, “The loudspeaker volume has to be adjusted if excessive noise is detected from an event.”

He said there was no noise disturbance discovered during inspections on Saturday and Sunday at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade across the harbor and close to City Hall, respectively.

Although the department promised to investigate the complaints, it was unable to determine if the complainants were from Tsz Wan Shan and Wong Tai Sin.

The department verified that the festival organizer had submitted an application for a temporary license to operate as “places of public entertainment.”

The license requires that the event’s organizers keep an eye on noise levels in areas where people are sensitive to noise, modify the loudspeaker’s direction to avoid nearby residential buildings, and terminate the event before 11 p.m.

Police said they were unable to identify the source of multiple complaints they had received on Sunday night regarding music and noise disturbance.

Low-frequency noise, according to chartered mechanical engineer Lo Kok-keung, can travel eight kilometers. In addition, he mentioned that Wong Tai Sin and Tsz Wan Shan were higher up on the Kowloon peninsula than other areas.