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Will I need a licence to play live music at my premises?

You don't need a licence to stage an amplified live music performance if:

  • It takes place between 8am and 11pm
  • It takes place at a licensed premises or workplace
  • The audience is no more than 500 people

You don't need a licence to put on unamplified live music at any place between the same hours.

You can find more information on the Live Music Act 2012 on GOV.UK (opens new window).

We strongly advise that you exercise common sense when arranging live music as complaints about excessive noise could result in conditions being attached to your Premises/Club Licence.

Last modified on 25 October 2023

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