The licensing act 2003 was responsible not only for stifling the success of small bands, but also for pushing the faces of already struggling pubs firmly into the dirt.
Live music was a saving grace for pubs, bringing in customers during a time when breweries charge extortionate prices, supermarkets offer four cans of beer for the price of a pint and the smoking ban had taken away some of the regulars. The licensing act made live music unaffordable by forcing the publican to cough up punshing fees in order to have one artist play each week.
Music, pre Labour, was something you were able to play without a license. Now, following this law, live music is only a stone's throw away from being a criminal offence.
You cannot, for example, break out an acoustic guitar or play on the pub piano, you fall foul of this law.
Music, live music especially, is such an essential part of the British identity. We cannot afford to allow live music to continue to be criminalised.
I urge you, even if you do not repeal the whole act, repeal the music section.