The Live Music Forum

Hamish Birchall Bulletin


Tuesday 12th December 2006 - Reasons for not having live music

According to DCMS, their latest research shows that 'the main reasons given for not having applied to put on live music were that the venue was not suitable or that they simply wouldn't stage live music.'

It is worth remembering that, where such a view was expressed, it was the personal view of the licensee being interviewed by MORI last August. Pubs accounted for about 45% of the survey. These days pub landlords commonly move on after only a year or two. Their successor might well take a different view of live music - but if the pub is one of the 40% or so without a live music permission, they would face a bill of several hundred pounds, at least, to get it.

Hamish Birchall