Whether a licence is needed for music entertainment will depend on the circumstances.
When you don't need a licence
A licence is not required to stage a performance of live music, or the playing of recorded music if:
- it takes place between 8am and 11pm, and
- it takes place at an alcohol on-licensed premises, and
- the audience is no more than 500 people.
You also don’t need a licence to put on:
- unamplified live music at any place between the same hours, or
- amplified live music at a workplace between the same hours and provided the audience is no more than 500 people.
There are exemptions from the need for a licence for music entertainment, in defined circumstances as set out in the Guidance (GOV.UK), including for:
- places of public worship, village halls, church halls and other similar buildings
- local authority premises
- incidental music - music that is incidental to other activities that aren’t classed as regulated entertainment.
In other circumstances, a licence may be required. One alcohol licence application (GOV.UK) can cover all types of regulated entertainment and the sale or supply of alcohol.
The Guidance on entertainment licensing (GOV.UK) also sets out the process by which we can review a licence where problems may occur in relation to music entertainment and noise nuisance.