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Pub celebrations over Live Music Bill passage through Commons


The British Beer & Pub Association has described as a ‘terrific result’ the passage of the Live Music Bill through the House of Commons today. The Bill reduces red tape around live music performances, and in particular exempts venues, including thousands of pubs with a capacity of 200 persons or fewer, from the need to obtain a licence for live music before 11pm.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“This really is music to our ears.

“Pubs are where live music begins – and for years, we’ve been saying that many of the regulations surrounding it are unnecessary – they have prevented publicans from making the most of Britain’s pubs as the place where live music acts first get a foothold.

“Well done to MPs for voting this through – let’s make it the first of many measures to cut the red tape surrounding pubs.”

Notes to editors:

Amendments agreed in the Commons today will have to return to the Lords, but this should be largely a formality. The BBPA will be pressing for implementation as quickly as possible.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


Culture & Tourism, Regulation, Pubs

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