Covid impact: ‘As the effects of pandemic restrictions have seen all venues hit pause on operating as usual, these are felt in a unique way for LGBTQ+ venues and communities’ (Image: Getty/nrqemi)

Opinion – Pride 2021

‘Nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear’

By Aliyah Rawat, associate trainer, Good Night Out Campaign

As a London-based trainer for Good Night Out Campaign (GNO), an event producer and DJ, I have seen first-hand the precarious position Covid-19 restrictions has placed the industry in.

Music limit: pubs must ensure “no music is played on the premises which exceeds 85db

Pubs banned from playing loud music

By Emily Hawkins

The pub sector was not adequately consulted on extra restrictions on pub music volumes, a trade association has said.

Reopening unlikely: news of Government support for grassroots music venues will be welcome news for sites such as the Fiddler's Elbow in north London

Grants of up to £80k for music pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Grassroots music venues at immediate risk of permanent closure will receive £2.25m emergency funding, the Government has announced.

Farewell: Chalk Farm's iconic Lock Tavern is set to change hands at the end of this month. (Image: Ewan Munro, Flickr)

Iconic Camden music venue changes hands

By Emily Hawkins

Famous Camden venue the Lock Tavern is set to change hands at the end of this month, with new owners pledging that the pub will continue its showcasing of live music.

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 can lead to customers shouting to have a conversation

Bar talker

Licensees discuss the importance of music in pubs


Following research that nearly 80% of people have left a pub or a café early because of the level of noise in the venue, licensees discuss the benefits and perils of music in the pub.

Music licences: Make sure you know the law


Advice: What licences do you need for music?

By Poppleston Allen

Music in your bar or club is one of the most important elements of the entertainment you provide to your customers — you wouldn’t visit a nightclub if there was no music.

Brian May with Gary Hunt of the Strafford Arms at Stainborough

Queen guitarist Brian May visits Yorkshire pub

By Helen Gilbert

Staff working at a South Yorkshire pub and restaurant could have been forgiven for feeling ever so slightly ‘Under Pressure’ last week when a legendary musician rocked up for a bite to eat.


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.

Music Venue Trust co-founder Mark Davyd: 'There are a number of venues we have looked at where their future is unclear'

Pubcos ‘not fit’ to own music venues

By Ellie Bothwell

Pubs and venues with a key focus on live music should be owned by the charity and arts sectors rather than large pub companies whose main interest is selling beer, according to a lobbyist.

Top tips on choosing the right pub jukebox

Top tips on choosing the right pub jukebox

For a while it looked like it was going to be Funeral for a Friend. But now it’s Stayin’ Alive. The jukebox is still pumping out sounds into pubs as digital technology makes it possible for licensees to craft an atmosphere through music. Here are some...

Live music: not only should you comply with the obvious legislation, but ensure you budget for a PRS licence too

Make sure you have the right music licences at your pub

By Poppleston Allen

The Live Music Act 2012 (the Act) took effect on 1 October 2012. So premises having an on-licence can now provide acoustic and amplified live music subject to certain criteria being satisfied. As we approach the festive season, there will be those of...

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...

Great British Pub Awards 2012: Party pics

Great British Pub Awards 2012: Party pics

The Great British Pub Awards 2012 were held on 13 September at the Hilton hotel on London's Park Lane. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a festival-themed night with the awards presented by comedian Jason Manford. Once the formalities were over, guests...