Wednesday 28 July 2010

Live music reform plans

The government's review of the live music restrictions, which among other things makes it illegal to play an unamplified acoustic guitar in a pub without the appropriate licence, is being held up mechanics of the review. John Penrose, the minister responsible, told the Commons that the options for changing the rules are being considered “as quickly as possible”. He said a series of options are being looked at to see which one “comes out best in the business case”, whatever that means. The main bone of contention is whether exemption from licensing should be set at 100 or 200 people; I can't see why that decision can't be made quickly. 

As I've written previously, it's nonsense that strumming an unamplified acoustic guitar in a pub can be illegal, while big screen sports with all the noise they create from both the TV and the audience are completely unrestricted. If it's going to take a while to bring some common sense into this matter, let's hope it's worth the wait.

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