Pubs and bars across the UK are now able to stage live, unamplified music for audiences of up to 200 people between 8am and 11pm, without the need for a specific licence.
That’s one of the reforms that have brought in this week as part of a new Government strategy to cut red tape for businesses.
“This is a very welcome change, as live music is hugely important to pubs and musicians, many of whom begin performing in their local pub,” said Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
“Ever since the two-in-a-bar rule was lost in the Licensing Act 2003, the BBPA has been pressing for change. I would urge local authorities to remove any unnecessary conditions on live music in pubs.”
Also included as part of the reforms is the Red Tape Challenge, which invites the public, businesses to give their input on which regulations should remain in place, be amended or scrapped altogether.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said: “This is just the start - we've set ourselves the challenging target of scrapping or reducing a total of 3,000 regulations. I'm determined to slim down regulation and make Britain an easier place to start and run a business."