Following the dissolution of Parliament, it is unlikely that there will be any action taken before the General Election regarding the Goverment’s consultation on live music exemptions for small venues.
Over 800 submissions were made to the DCMS during the consultation, which ran from New Year’s Eve to March 26th. Various people and organisations from the live music sector have called for exemptions for venues with a capacity of fewer than 200, whereas Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe and the Government have proposed and stuck by 100. Lord Clement-Jones of the Liberal Democrats had introduced his Live Music Bill having taken up the cause of live music campaigners, but it was unsuccessful.
The submissions are awaiting publication, and the live music industry hope that an overwhelming majority will favour the larger exemption. The Local Government Association and a number of local councils are opposed to any exemption, on the basis that it would lead to a rise in noise complaints.
The 2003 Licensing Act has left a legacy of confusion and controversy surrounding live music in the UK, whereas recent reports of the overall health of the live industry have been distorted by high-profile reunion tours and the opening of the O2 Arena.
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