MPs to discuss pub live music reform

By Ewan Turney

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Live music: concerns over restrictions
Live music: concerns over restrictions
A Lib Dem Peer will present his view of how to make it easier for pubs to host live music to the Save the Pub Group today. Lord Clement-Jones, who...

A Lib Dem Peer will present his view of how to make it easier for pubs to host live music to the Save the Pub Group today.

Lord Clement-Jones, who tabled a Private Members Bill at the end of last year, wants the two-in-a-bar rule for unamplified live music to be re-introduced and an exemption for pubs with a capacity of less than 200 from extra licensing conditions.

"The Live Music Bill will clear up the bureaucratic minefield of the Licensing Act and breathe new life into the live music scene," said Clement-Jones.

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Greg Mulholland, said: "The Licensing Act 2003 has created a web of bureaucracy and red tape which has stunted the growth of live music.

"The Save the Pub Group think that it is time to use common sense and relieve pubs and other small venues from the bureaucratic nightmare they constantly face so pub goers everywhere can see a return of live music back in their pubs."

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport recently said it was considering allowing pubs with a capacity under 100 to host live music without having the provision in their licence.

However, residents and responsible authorities such as the police could call for an exemption to be revoked if there were concerns. It would apply to indoor performances that take place between 8am and 11pm.

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