Small Venue Live Music Licensing to be Axed?

Article posted on Thursday, 26th, January, 2012 at 3:39 pm

It seems that the proposal to get rid of live music licenses for small venues such as pubs is to be lifted, pending a review in the House of Lords on the 10th of Feb.

What this means for the venue owners is that they will no longer have to pay for a license to hold live music acts between 8:00am and 11:00pm. This sounds great on the surface, but do you honestly think this will trickle down to bands paying to play at local venues? I don’t think so – it sounds to me like venue owners will keep prices the same and pocket the difference in not paying license fees.

Sceptical? Of course I am – but then I’ve never known a music venue to under charge for the pleasure of playing there.

What it might do is encourage venue owners to hold more gigs/live acts, to attract more punters, which is never a bad thing. We might just see a rise in the number of poor to average bands in our local pubs though – we’ll have to see what happens.

I’m getting ahead of myself though – it needs to be approved by the Lords first…

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