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MPs Eye Live Music Law Change

Legal restrictions on live music should be relaxed according to a group of MPs, who say that pubs and smaller venues should be exempt from the live music licence, says the committee.

The BBC reports that the Licensing Act 2003, which came into play in 2005, has been criticised for reducing the number of places where artists can play, especially to small audiences. But the Culture Media and Sport select committee, led by Conservative MP John Whittingdale, expressed "concern at the linkage of live music and public order issues".

The report said music should not be treated as a "disruptive activity, which will inevitably lead to nuisance and disorder".

The Form 696 scheme was introduced in 2005, when police became concerned about gun crime at clubs. Music promoters are expected to submit the completed form to police, 14 days before an event.

High profile campaigners against the document include the head of UK Music and former Undertones singer, Feargal Sharkey, and Jon McClure of indie band Reverend and The Makers.

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