Live Music Act

The Live Music Act 2012 de-regulates:

  • amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 people on premises author used to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises;
  • amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 people in workplaces not otherwise licensed under the 2003 Act (or licensed only for the provision of late night refreshment); and
  • unamplified live music between 8am and 11pm.

Premises that benefit from the exemption will still be subject to a review if neighbours or residents etc make complaints to the local authority. This may mean the exemption is suspended. And since the passing of the Act last year, there have been a small number of instances of this happening.

To celebrate the passing of the Act UK Music commissioned a piece of research will looked at the potential of the Act. This research surveyed 1000 venues.

According to our findings, the Live Music Act could lead to an additional 13,000 venues staging live music in their premises for the first time, and a further 20,400 venues increasing their current provision of live music. In total 33,400 premises will stage more live music once the Act comes into force than they have in the last 12 months.

The research showed that more than half (51%) of small venues in England and Wales currently hold a licence from their local authority to stage live music. However 78% of all small premises surveyed were unaware of the passing of the Live Music Act.


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