An angry neighbor shut down a classic open-air festival in a museum garden in Sint-Niklaas in Belgium for half an hour by playing heavy metal music himself from his window. He was eventually picked up by the police, after which the rest returned.
A string quartet was working on her two last songs shortly before 16 hours, when Motörhead‘s heavymetal track Ace Of Spades was reverberating all over the garden. A neighbor of the classical music festival turned out to have put his stereo in front of his window and turned the volume to ten. As a result, the string quartet’s concert was no longer audible, and both the audience and the artists were able to listen to their neighbor‘s DJ set.
“He had already provoked us by playing loud music during the rehearsal of the first group earlier in the day,” said organizers Annelies De Graeve, Goeleke De Wit and Tim Haerinck. “He later called us up asking us to stop our concerts, and not do any more bis numbers. When we finished the performance, the neighbor started his own music program.”
First heavy metal popped out of his boxing, then followed by deafening classical songs. “Our audience and artists made the most of it during the forced break,” said the organizers. “The string quartet played one of the classic songs that the neighbor played, and the audience rewarded them with a standing ovation. Their applause drowned out the neighbor’s music. We were affected by the way everyone has dealt with this unexpected situation.”
Police were called to the scene immediately after the start of the neighbor‘s DJ set. After half an hour they finally managed to quench the neighbor and stop the music. The man, who used to run a café nearby, turned out to have deliberately opened his stereo out of dissatisfaction with the festival’s ‘noise disturbance’. The police had been at his door earlier that day. He was apprehended. After that, the calm returned and the string quartet was able to finish its last songs undisturbed.