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Music to My Ears (Reprise)

Published: 17 January 2013

As we reported on in our earlier artcle on live music and recorded music, http://fdlicensing.com/2012/10/06/music-to-their-ears-musicians-and-pubs-alike-celebrate-as-restrictions-on-live-music-are-lifted/ the Live Music Act came into effect in October last year.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has just published its response to the Consultation on Entertainment Deregulation, which was issued late in 2011. The Consultation received about 1300 responses. In reply to the responses, the Government now plans to de-regulate Entertainment, from April 2013.

The good news for pubs and clubs is that it is proposed to raise the audience exemption threshold from 200 to 500 people.

Recorded music should be treated in exactly the same way and therefore should not require a licence between 8am-11pm with an audience limit of 500.

However, as we have warned before: there is still the prospect of a review of any premises licence if any noise nuisance is caused.

It is too early for there to be any statistics which show how much of an increase in premises licence reviews there have been due to this de-regulation, but it’s an interesting question.

For further advice and assistance please contact Maria Guda, Licensing partner at Fletcher Day LLP, Solicitors. maria@fletcherday.co.uk 0207 6321432.