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Live music to recieve a shot in the arm

Good news for fans of live music: tourism and heritage minister John Penroseis proposing to deregulate the scene, allowing pubs and clubs that want to put on live bands the chance to do so, without obtaining an entertainment license.

It is hoped that the move will encourage venues to support grassroots music; there has been a five per cent drop in live music being performed in pubs and clubs since the 2003 Licensing Act came into effect, which Penrose hopes will be reversed by his proposal. Howvere, it will see an rise in discorded noise, especially from NIMBYs who live near live music venues.

'We're optimistic that this will be positive news for the industry, and especially for emerging talent.' said Feargal Sharkey, head of UK Music. 'I'd wager that all of yesterday's Mercury music prize nominees started their careers playing in pubs or clubs. In the meantime, we'll have to wait for the actual detail of the consultation, and under what specific circumstances the requirement for a music licence would be removed.'

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