Vancouver's PNE Forum Puts Ban on "Electronica" Shows

Vancouver's PNE Forum Puts Ban on "Electronica" Shows
Armchair pundits are no doubt ready to ream out Vancouver, derisively known as "No Fun City," over news that the city's PNE Forum venue will no longer host "electronica" concerts.

News of the ban comes from Kate Huffman [via the Georgia Straight], manager of community relations for the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), in a letter dated April 24. The venue has hosted rock concerts in the past, but the Hastings-Sunrise community, which faces the venue, has specifically complained about the loudness of electronic musicians. Community members have suggested that these shows violate local noise bylaws.

"The PNE hired an acoustics consultant to perform noise tests in early March to further analyze sound propagation from the Forum during this type of concert," Huffman wrote. "This comprehensive testing yielded results that led to the PNE's decision to discontinue electronica concerts in the Forum."

Several electronic artists have made use of the facility the last few years, including Skrillex and Steve Aoki. Just last night (April 26), French Touch duo Justice performed to a packed house.

Chicago-born DJ/producer Kaskade is scheduled to bring his "Freaks of Nature" tour to the Forum August 11, but Huffman said that efforts are being made to move the concert to the neighbouring Pacific Coliseum, which "has increased sound insulation."