Mudcat Café message #1239513 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #70681   Message #1239513
Posted By: The Shambles
03-Aug-04 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
If every pub includes an application to stage regulated entertainment for their initial premises licence (and receives it) so far so good (for pubs anyway). There will be no additional financial deterrent to provide live music or hold a session unless the pub changes hands or wishes to change the terms of the premise licence.

Cafes and places not providing alcohol, if they wish to provide regulated entertainment will have to apply and pay for a premises licence and the annual inspection charge.This is not likely to increase live music in these places.

However the entertainment permission is optional. The concern must be for these pubs as if they later wish to stage regulated entertainment - this will be considered as a change and a new charge will be liable. It is more than possible that rather than pay additionally and apply again - these pubs may choose not to stage regulated entertainment.

It should be the case that sessions should be OK in pubs without entertainment permission, by being classed as incidental live music and exempt. However, old habits die hard and it is possible that some pubs will try to stage regulated entertainment, without re-applying and sessions etc could get caught-up in battles with local authorities - who will not take kindly to any attempt to get around the requirement.

Whatever this legislation is surposed to do - it is not to prevent incidental live (or indeed recorded music). The stuggle will be to try and ensure that it is never allowed to.