The Live Music Act received Royal Assent on 8 March 2012 and came into force on 1 October 2012.
Licences for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises now automatically permit playing live music between the hours of 8am and 11pm, subject to a limit of fewer than 200 people being present if the music is amplified. As a result of this change, any existing conditions on licences no longer apply to the performance of live music between these hours.
Previously, the performance of live music was classified as ‘regulated entertainment’ and had to be authorised, either by a premises licence or a ‘temporary event notice’.
The Act has in place appropriate measures to cover issues such as noise nuisance and the right for the council, local residents and other interested parties to request a review of a premises licence where there are concerns. It is still possible to review a licence and apply conditions, which would apply when alcohol is being sold/supplied, as if the activity was licensable.
It is hoped that this change will help local communities and boost the big society, as well as helping local businesses.