Mentionned earlier, the new UK Music Licensing Bil. This is still being debated in parliament but only until the 20th May.

The Licensing Bill was launched on 15 November 2002 as a ‘central plank in the government’s drive to tackle antisocial behaviour’. This bill increases licensing control over the performance of live music and replaces the ‘two in a bar rule’ with a ‘none in a bar rule’. In future, even solo acoustic performance would be illegal unless the premises is licensed for live music. The Bill has positive proposals that will benefit specialist music venues (reducing high annual public entertainment licence fees). However, there is a real risk that if enacted without amendment it would lead to a two-tier regime in which thousands of smaller pubs, bars and restaurants would lose the right to host even solo acoustic performance on any regular basis.

previously on Blog at:

Two in a bar to none in a bar – the Licensing Bill

Licensing Bill 2003 – a threat to live music

Pub music scene ‘under threat’ : licensing bill 2003