Live Music Act prompts parliament gig

Martina Topley-BirdMartina Topley-Bird will headline an afternoon of live music at Westminster today, to celebrate the passing of the Live Music Act.

UK MUSIC and the Musicians Union have joined forces to host the event, which follows the announcement that the recently passed Live Music Act will come into effect on 1 October 2012. Daytona Lights and MP4 will also perform.

The Live Music Act will encourage pubs and other small venues to host live music events, and was introduced by Liberal Democrat peer Tim Clement-Jones and promoted in the Commons by Bath MP Don Foster.

When the Act passes to statute later this year, performances of live amplified music to audiences of less than 200 people between the hours of 8am-11pm in England and Wales will no longer require local authority permission. There will be no audience limit for performances of unamplified live music.

Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music, said: ‘This Act will reverse the damaging effect the Licensing Act had on live musical performances in the UK. Our most successful musicians, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones all learnt their trade and earned their livings in small clubs and bars.

‘Reversing overzealous licensing regulations will create new opportunities for British artists. The Rose & Crown in Totteridge Park and the constitution in Camden Town will be – thanks to this Act – full of music and seedbeds for talent.  Tomorrow’s headline acts will grow from these seedbeds which is great for music lovers and for the wider UK economy.’

Singer Martina Topley-Bird, best known for her work with trip-hop pioneer Tricky, added: ‘I am delighted to be joining UK Music to celebrate the passing of the Live Music Act. I know that playing live has been essential to my creative development as a performer and songwriter and  the passing of this legislation will make more opportunities available to young upcoming artists – great news.’