Dancing During Concerts in Taipei Arena May Be Controlled after 2016

Dancing During Concerts in Taipei Arena May Be Controlled after 2016
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To solve the noise and vibration problems caused by concerts, the Taipei Arena has been drafting related regulations. On October 14, the new regulations were issued and include prohibiting performers from driving the audience to dance in any form.

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Taipei Arena has hosted many concerts of famous singers from Taiwan and overseas. However, starting from 2016, if the volume of the concert is higher than 63 decibels and neighboring residents raise complaints, the organizer will be fined NT$ 10 thousand (approximately US$ 3,100). In more extreme cases, authorities can even cut off the electricity to stop the performances.

Liberty Times reports, at Taiwanese singer A-mei’s concerts in the Taipei Arena this April, the dancing and singing of her fans led to several complaints from neighboring residents.

The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection says that at the moment there are no regulations to control the vibration caused by the dancing of the audience. Improvements can only be made through warnings from concert organizers.

UDN reports, to solve the noise and vibration problems caused by concerts, the Taipei Arena has been drafting related regulations. On October 14, the new regulations were issued and include prohibiting performers from driving the audience to dance in any form.

In addition, if the volume of the performance exceeds 63 decibels and neighboring residents report to authorities the vibration of buildings caused by the concert, organizers will be fined NT$ 10 thousand (approximately US$ 3,100) without notice. The fines can be accumulated based on different songs that violate the regulation.

A-mei’s agent, Chen Zhen-chuan, says, they will conform to the requirements, but he thinks that the organizer of the concert cannot control the audience if they really want to jump and dance. He stresses that the regulations made by the authorities should help make the concerts in Taipei Arena more diverse.

China Times reports, the organizer of Madonna’s concert in Taipei Arena next February says that it’s too naive to ban the audience from jumping and dancing in a Madonna concert. Moreover, to examine the set list before a performance seems to be something that would only happen in a totalitarian state.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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