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Small venues no longer require a licence to hold live music events.

Small venues no longer require a licence to hold live music events.

Venues in England and Wales with a capacity of less than 200 people will no longer require a licence to stage live music events.

This is fantastic news for both musicians and promoters in the North West. The opportunity for more venues to start putting on more live music events should only be seen as good news.

In the last 12 months, Liverpool in particular has seen venues like The Masque close it’s doors for good, and others such as The CUC and Mojo changing focus away from live music, not to mention the current battle to help Mellow Mellow stay open. Hopefully removing the requirement of a licence to stage live music events will encourage more local venues to take a chance on live music.

Live Events Licensing Laws Changed

DeadDukes performing at a MakoLive night @ Lomax Liverpool

It’s estimates that an extra 13,000 venues across the England and Wales could start hosting live music nights. The only restriction on the music is that it must only be played between the hours of 8am and 11pm.

For more information read the BBC article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19783855