X FACTOR hopeful Jade Richards has joined scores of locals to protest against the loss of Agenda Rocks.
Last week, owner of Leven’s Agenda Lee Murray declared he felt forced to sacrifice the popular annual live music event to safeguard the pub’s licence.
He had been summoned to appear before Fife Licensing Board after just four people complained about noise during the event in August.
Dozens of angry readers took to the Mail’s Facebook page to complain, including Jade, who said, as a local and a musician, she was “disgusted” by the situation.
“One day out of the year cannot happen because some people just feel the need to complain,” she commented.
“It’s a safe, fun environment that’s well planned and organised. Both years there has not been one bit of bother. Everybody has a good time and the day doesn’t even run that late.
“Events like this are what communities are supposed to be about, bringing everyone together, old and young, to enjoy a day of Fife’s talent. It’s such a shame.”
Mr Murray explained neighbour pressures had effectively forced him to pull the event, which had been scaled back to a 9.30pm finish because of complaints about noise the year before.
“According to the Licensing Act we were causing a public nuisance and, as much as I would have wanted to obviously challenge this, I could not take that chance when the licensing board has the power to make decisions that could make or break the pub,” he said.
“Although I’m relieved to keep our licence, losing Agenda Rocks is a massive disappointment for the local community and it’s a real disservice to Leven.”
The issue has prompted local sound engineer Billy Smith to form an action group to officially lobby powers-that-be.
Mr Smith, who organises the live music event T in the Car Park at the Railway Tavern in Buckhaven, said the chance of that event continuing were “slim-to-none”.
And, given the Caledonian Hotel in Leven had been forced to scrap its live music gigs in previous years, it was time to address the issue at a formal level.
“We don’t have much going on in this area as it is,” he said.
“I‘m not involved with Agenda Rocks but I did attend it and the bands were finished and packed up by 9pm. It’s really sad. There’s a lot of people quite angry about this.”
The action group’s first meeting is due to take place soon at Buckhaven Theatre.
“Anybody who wants to join the group is more than welcome,” said Mr Smith.
To contact Billy Smith, telephone 07531 872 963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org