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Roger in Sheffield Write an Email for Shambles? Part 2 (75* d) RE: Write an Email for Shambles? Part 2 29 Oct 01

Guest ruth it is very surreal
Tonight at the pub I will play some quiet acoustic music, if someone plays along thats OK, but if two people play along then the landlord will require a license from the council!
The purpose of the license is ensure that the premises have been checked for safety and noise concerns
Which suggests that any other pub can be extremely noisy and dangerous for the public just so long as not more than two people sing/play music???
It seems that the rule makers cannot understand the nature of a music session. Sessions are where singers and musicians go to sing and play music together. They don't attract any sizeable audience and so aren't money making entertainment for the pub. So the PEL rules act like a tax on landlords who allow sessions in their pubs. Which is why most of the hundreds of people who play in UK pub sessions keep quiet on this subject lest their session be stopped by the PEL tax. Many UK Mudcatters play in pub sessions but prefer not to defend their right to do so

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