Many events will need a Public Entertainment Licence, even if they are not licensable, so it is best to seek advice from the Environmental Health Team before you start organising an event with amplified music or entertainment.
If you provide regulated entertainment to the public on a regular basis you are likely to need a premises licence, although 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 at an alcohol on-licensed premises and provided the audience is no more than 500 people
You also do not need a licence to play:
- unamplified live music at any place between 8am and 11pm
- amplified live music at a workplace between 8am and 11pm, provided the audience is no more than 500 people
- background or incidental music
If you want to organise an event which includes the sale of alcohol (this includes an event where tickets are purchased and alcohol is included in the ticket price), late-night refreshment or regulated entertainment and do not have a premises licence to cover this type of event, you will need a temporary event notice (TEN).
If you play or perform music which is protected by copyright you may also need a performing rights licence. The following licencing organisations can organise the necessary licences designed to protect the rights of music creators and performers: