Venues in Gloucestershire urged to put on live music
VENUES across Gloucestershire are being urged to start putting on live music after government legislation was lifted.
Pubs, bars, clubs, and other venues now no longer need a license to put on gigs if they are unamplified. And for amplified gigs, venues with a capacity of 200 or less also no longer need a license – this is all with the understanding that gigs finish at 11pm.
The change was introduced through a private member's bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat Don Foster, in order to amend some of the bureaucracy imposed on gigs by the 2003 Licensing Act.
This has opened the doors to venues and budding musicians across the county and it is now hoped the Gloucestershire music scene will flourish as a result.
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Peter Cripps, chairman of Glosfolk, a hub for folk musicians in the county, has welcomed the news.
He said: "We have been campaigning for this for many years. The 2003 act was put through with good intentions originally, but it did limit venues quite a lot.
"Now more venues can put on live music and it has to be great news for the county. I would love to see more venues putting on events."
He added: "We put on regular folk nights in pubs all over Gloucestershire where musicians turn up and play, and people have a really good time. Now we can advertise that properly whereas before it was all a bit hush-hush.
"The Government believe that this has opened the door for an additional 13,000 venues across the country to put live music events on."
Joe Schiavon, programming and marketing manager at Gloucester Guildhall – the city's premier music venue, said: "I think this can only be a good thing. Gloucester has for a long time been lacking a grass roots scene.
"There aren't many opportunities for bands to cut their teeth locally, and because we're such a big venue we aren't often able to offer slots to local bands unfortunately.
"It doesn't really affect us from a competition point of view either, if anything it just serves to strengthen the local scene, so I'm all for it."