I’ve added a page about SPL levels in small venues. It’s triggered by a gig I went to a couple of weeks ago, where the band had their sound system so loud, that my ears were compressing the sound, and were physically hurting – it literally made me start to lose my balance.
I got my SPL meter out on my phone, and the system was delivering an average reading of 112dBA from my listening position, 4 metres back. It was an uncomfortable experience, and got me thinking about what “too loud” means.
The article is here: CLICK