Live music laws come under fire as venue owners claim livelihood is threatened

The effects the Licensing Act 2003 will be debated at Musictank, a University of Westminster event, on 22 September 2009.

Live music laws come under fire as venue owners claim livelihood is threatened
Live music laws come under fire as venue owners claim livelihood is threatened

Overly liberal use of banning orders resulting from police assessments made from Form 696, which recently prompted allegations of racial discrimination, has been blamed for jeopardising many live events.

The form can be used to determine whether an event will breech noise regulations.

The chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, John Whittingdale, will speak at Musictank, calling for small venues to be exempt from the requirements.

The event will use Birmingham as a case study. The city, home to Supersonic Festival, GodsKitchen-owned nightclub Air and Birmingham Barfly has had a number of live venues curtailed by noise abatement orders.

The most recent, The Rainbow, has had plans to install a £30,000 soundproof roof hampered by their noise abatement order. Its landlord, Kent Davis, will also be addressing the event.

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