Epidemic of Spanish live entertainment bar closures ruining expat social lives

Published:  31 Jul at 6 PM
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Favourite retirement hubs along the coast of the Costa Blanca are suffering an epidemic of live entertainment bar closures due to license revoking after noise complaints.

For decades, the Costa Blanca coastline below Alicante has attracted British retirees and entrepreneurs to its more traditional, less riotous Spanish resort towns, with many setting up small bars and restaurants. The region became a hub for live entertainment during the spring, summer and autumn months, attracting performers from across Europe and the UK..

Residents in pretty towns such as Los Montesinos and Cuidad Quesada enjoyed their evenings listening to live music, and summer visitors ensured success for the expat eateries and bars in spite of the slower winter season. All this seems now to be under threat due to police interference after a few complaints were made over excess noise.

Bars hit by massive fines have closed, owners’ homes now stand empty and the small expat communities have nowhere to go in the evening to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle they love. The entertainers themselves are deserting the region and returning to their home towns in the UK, and the small businesses still open are struggling to make ends meet.

Recently, residents and bar owners in the area set up a Facebook page, Keep Entertainment Live on the Costa Blanca. Amazingly, within its first 24 hours it received 800 members, and membership now numbers over 1100. The aim is to create awareness of the situation and hopefully find a permanent solution which allows live entertainment back into the resorts.
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