New guidelines on licensing live music published

February 2007

Live event industry

Local authorities will have to take into account the volume at which a band plays and whether or not a venue advertises them as the main attraction when deciding if live entertainment needs to be licensed, according to new guidelines. The Department for Culture Media and Sport has published draft guidance to help local authorities interpret the Licensing Act, including an expanded section on how to determine whether music is “incidental” and therefore not licensable under the law. Pubs and clubs could run into trouble if authorities decide that live music is the “main reason for people attending the premises” and if it “predominates over other activities”.

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