Threat to Live Music
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

The government is currently in the process of passing a bill concerning alcohol licensing and entertainment through parliament. It means that many of the live music events which are held in pubs and clubs in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley could be stopped. There is still time to change what the Musician's Union have called the Two-in-a-Bar bill.

Thanks to PA Skeet for drawing our attention to the online petition to prevent these restrictions.

The campaign for a relaxation of the 'two in a bar rule' is backed by Musician's Union, Equity, British Music Rights, the Arts Council, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Billy Bragg, Mike Harding and many others.

The bill, if passed as currently proposed, will effectively kill most informal music (of any style) in public houses and clubs, whether by amateurs or professionals.

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