It’s probably a good thing that Spinal Tap is not playing at some of the upcoming outdoor festivals around Montreal, specifically those taking place at Parc Jean-Drapeau. New regulations have now been passed requiring a cap on the allowable decibel level.
The municipality of Saint-Lambert resides close to Parc Jean Drapeau. Its residents who may have had an issue with the noise levels, were informed that a new regulation has been passed requiring the big three festivals (Osheaga, Heavy Montreal and ÎleSoniq) to cap their volume at 80 decibels. Other events, including Piknic, will be kept at a max 75 dB.
Surveys conducted last year found sound meters regularly hit 86 dB as late as midnight during the Heavy Montreal and Osheaga festivals. In the past, sound levels as high as 108 dB have been recorded at the concert site. Apparently, one resident recorded a level of 68 dB (about as loud as a standard vacuum cleaner, or standing 50 feet from a Highway) at their home.
Going forward sound levels will be monitored in real time and concert promoters will need to turn it down or risk a fine. No more putting it up to “11.”