Mudcat Café message #704439 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #47285   Message #704439
Posted By: The Shambles
04-May-02 - 06:33 PM
Thread Name: Killed by the PEL system
Subject: RE: Killed by the PEL system
Message By: Mick Woods

Once again the "Two in a bar law" rears it'e ugly head. I help run a small folk club once a fortnight, in a pub in Greenwich, SE London. Last year the landlord received a letter from the council telling him that, they had visited his premises and witnessed three musicians playing. The letter warned him that he could face up to 6 months in jail and a 20.000 fine for allowing this sort of thing to take place in his bar.

We have since tried to ensure that there are only one or two musicians playing at any given time during our session. Last week the landlord received a letter from the council saying, that they had again visited his pub and witnessed several musicians playing. This time they stated a time - 8.50pm. As our session does not start until 9pm what they witnessed were various musicians "tuning up".

The landlord phoned the council, but was told that even if the musicians did not actually play at the same time the Law was still being broken, as there were more than two during the course of the evening. They are now prosecuting. This is a tiny back street pub, the music we play is all acoustic. Has anybody else had any experience of this antiquated legislation?