Scottie’s is a nice little bar restaurant in a square off the main paseo along Mojacar beach front. It seems that the place had a live music license* from the council for today, and had hired a singer (his name was not vouchsafed to me) with some backing music to entertain diners.
There were about 60 people eating there and having a nice Saturday lunch in the sun out of the wind with the appropriate sort of backing live music for such a setting.
Anyway, a police patrol rolled up and told Scottie that there had been a complaint from a neighbour about the noise. The permit was investigated, the coppers had a coffee each whilst listening to the music and eventually the musician was allowed to continue, the police agreeing that the sound levels were appropriate.
20 minutes later, a second car full of locales turned up. A second complaint had been filed minutes after the first patrol car left, although the police refused to say if it was by the same person as such information is “not kept on record and is not in the public domain”. Two strikes, so music off and the musician threatened with a fine if he continued. The establishment was told its permit was revoked and no further music, even piped, could be played onto the terrace.
Which sort of killed the ambience. Everyone was very sorry for the bar owners of course, but the mood had been killed and everyone left with a sour taste in their mouth.
In short, a bar owner who follows correct procedure cannot guarantee an event with music will be held as promised in Mojacar any more, as all you need is one person to file a complaint – anonymously – twice for the whole thing to be cancelled by the Authorities. Which is the most ridiculous anti-Constitutional thing I have ever heard of. Even if you obey the (strict) rules laid down by the permit, it can be revoked in a second if you annoy just one person who has absolutely no fear of a comeback, as their identity is not verified by anyone and can keep complaining until they go blue in the face.
So now you know – if you’re planning a big event with music, don’t hold it in Mojacar unless you enjoy being on tenterhooks the whole time. Unless you’re in a venue big enough to have their own cadre of lawyers or otherwise have a hold over the council.
*according to the diner who told me of the incident.