Live music regulations set to become law

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The de-regulation of live music licensing is now all-but inevitable after lords approved the Live Music Bill in Parliament.

The Bill exempts venues, including thousands of pubs with a capacity of 200 persons or fewer, from the need to obtain a licence for live music before 11pm.

The proposal was approved by MPs earlier this month and now only needs Royal Assent before the exemptions are enshrined in law; this is expected to take place within the next few weeks.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said there is currently no date in mind for implementation of the changes.

British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The Government should implement the bill law as soon as possible - and it could be done by April. Let’s make it the first of many measures to cut the red tape surrounding pubs.

“This is great news for pubs. For years, we’ve been saying that many of the regulations surrounding music are unnecessary – they have prevented publicans from making the most of Britain’s pubs as the place where live music acts first get a foothold – something for us all to be proud of.”

Tourism and heritage minister John Penrose said: “This is just one step in what I hope will be a much larger process of removing burdens across all forms of regulated entertainment, allowing greater opportunities for community groups, schools and small businesses to put on low risk events, increase revenues, and raise money for good causes.

"Following our public consultation on this I hope to set out how we might take this forward in the next few months.”

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