Live Music

Hare and Hounds: Managing director Adam Regan talks about his Birmingham pub. Image by Wanye Fox Photography.

My Pub: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

By Georgina Townshend

Around 10 years ago Adam Regan and his partners rescued the Hare & Hounds from disrepair. Since then, acts such as Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding have graced the pub – helping it to win Best Entertainment Pub at last year’s Great British Pub Awards....

Play time: music expert and former licensee Ethan Allen advised delegates on holding events

MA500: top tips on holding live music events

By Nikkie Sutton

Music maestro Ethan Allen gave delegates at last month (May)'s MA500 meeting in Liverpool, his top tips on how best to use live music in their venues:

Music in pubs: playing to win

Music in pubs: playing to win

By Nikkie Sutton

Music maestro Ethan Allen will be giving delegates the benefits of his expertise in helping pubs tap into live music at the next MA500 meeting on 18 May in Liverpool. He shares some of his top tips ahead of the event. Nikkie Sutton reports. 


10 tips on the Live Music Act

By Poppelston Allen

Never has the law relating to live and recorded music been so complex. Here is a brief guide to the main issues licensees often ask.

Noise law changes urged to save live music pubs

Noise law changes urged to save live music pubs

By Ellie Bothwell

The Government must relax noise abatement legislation and pass the responsibility for minimising disturbance away from pubs and clubs and on to residents and developers, lobbyists have urged.

Live Music Act: Q&As on pub karaoke

Live Music Act: Q&As on pub karaoke

This is the second article published with the Live Music Act (LMA) 2012 having been implemented today. Last week, we analysed the definition of live music-related conditions, the enforceability of conditions placed on a premises licence after a review,...

Live Music Act: Legal Q&A for pubs

Live Music Act: Legal Q&A for pubs

By Poppleston Allen

The Live Music Act 2012 (LMA) provides that any amplified live music played on premises that are licensed for the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises is not a licensable activity when the live music is played between the hours of...

Live Music Act: A guide for licensed premises

Live Music Act: A guide for licensed premises

By Jonathan Smith

So the Live Music Bill became the Live Music Act on 8 March 2012. It won’t come into effect until October, which is a pity for the Royal Jubilee and Olympics.

Music bonanza warning

Music bonanza warning

By Michelle Perrett

The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has stressed that pubs with live music restrictions on their licence will not benefit from the government’s plans for deregulation.

Live music de-regulation plan confirmed

Live music de-regulation plan confirmed

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Pubs will not require specific permission to host live music or other forms of entertainment for crowds under 5,000 — under radical plans that could prove a major boost for the industry.

Group dynamics: live music is a

Still getting his kicks (from pubs)

By Jessica Harvey

Feargal Sharkey, CEO of UK Music, gives Jessica Harvey his views on the pub industry's role in the live-music scene. Describe the importance of pubs...

'Complicated': Peter Coulson hopes Lords can unravel intricacies of Live Music Bill

Coulson: Dancing to a complex tune

By Peter Coulson

The nature of the Lords' discussion on the Live Music Bill shows how complicated this area of the law has become, writes Peter Coulson.

Live music: could be easier for pubs under new proposals

Live music boost for pubs

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Live music and other entertainment provisions could be taken out of the licensing regime, in a move that could make it easier for venues to host gigs. DCMS has already given partial backing to a Bill that wants licence exemptions for small gigs.

Live music: announcement in due course

Penrose: live music plans out of my hands

By Ewan Turney

Licensing minister John Penrose has stressed there are "real risks" with associated with live music events and that any decision on deregulation will...

William and Kate: wedding approaches

Pub live music fears over royal wedding

By John Harrington

Many pubs could find themselves unable to host live music and other entertainment during their extended hours over the royal wedding weekend.

Crowded: Cllr White fears crisis if exemptions go ahead

Music reform health fears

By Gemma McKenna

Councillor stokes controversy by saying young people will be put at risk if there are live-music exemptions for crowds up to 200.