News: Live Music
New law could see up to 13,000 extra venues host live music in UK
VENUES with less than capacities of less than 200 will be able to host live music events without licences, thanks to a new act passed by parliament.
The law, which follows a private member’s bill by Lib Dem MP Don Foster and is designed to cut through red tape preventing small businesses from growing, could encourage an extra 13,000 venues across the UK to host their own live music nights, according to UK Music.
The only restriction on the music is that it must be played between 8am and 11pm.
Business Michael Fallon said the bill would help counter some of the “over-the-top bureaucracy that stifles community groups and pubs”.
Noise Abatement Society spokeswoman Lisa Lavia was less pleased with the news, however, warning that the act could provoke a “dramatic rise” in noise complaints and “set residents at odds with local businesses”.