Howl of protest at new French curb on noise at music events

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A public health decree designed to help reduce hearing problems linked to loud music at clubs, concerts or festivals by lowering maximum sustained sound level and limiting the volume of the deep basslines found in house, techno or drum’n’bass has met with loud protest from music events professionals.

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For years, France fought to move beyond its sleepy image abroad as the quiet heart of fine dining and museums by heavily promoting its growing club scene, festivals and underground music culture, reports The Guardian.