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Repeal the requirement for venues hosting one or two musicians to have a licence (introduced in 2006)

Comment 5th July 2010

Until the Licensing Act came into force in November 2006, venue owners did not require an entertainment licence for performances by only one or two musicians in a bar. Landlords now have to obtain a licence, costing up to £1,000, for any live performance. The really stupid thing is that whilst two people playing folk instruments are now not able to play gigs in some places that haven't got a licence, it is still possible to have a DJ pumping out ridiculously loud electronic music through a sound system.

Why does this matter?

Never saw the point of these regulations. They are costly for pubs, many of which shut each week, and they cut the income and opportunities of musicians.


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