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Regulated entertainment

As a result of amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 Act by the Live Music Act 2012 Act and the LA (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) 2013 Order, no licence is required for the following activities to the extent that they take place between 8am-11pm on any day:

  • a performance of a play in the presence of any audience of no more than 500 people
  • an indoor sporting event in the presence of any audience of no more than 1000 people
  • performances of dance in the presence of any audience of no more than 500 people; and
  • live music

  1. unamplified live music between 8am and 11pm in all venues is no longer licensable;
  2. amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 persons on alcohol licensed premises is no longer licensable;
  3. amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 persons in workplaces not otherwise licensed under the 2003 Act (or licensed only for the provision of late night refreshment) is no longer licensable;
  4. the licensing requirement for the provision of entertainment facilities is removed;
  5. the exemption for live music integral to a performance of Morris dancing or dancing of a similar type is widened, so that the exemption applies to live or recorded music instead of unamplified live music.

1 and 2 above are subject to the right of the licensing authority to impose conditions about live music following a review of a premises licence or club premises certificate authorised to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises.

The deregulation does not apply to recorded music.