The Live Music Act comes into force on October 1. It will see the deregulation of performance in venues with a capacity of no more than 200, and means staging smaller gigs will be cheaper and easier up and down the country.
According to research conducted by UK Music, the Act could lead to an additional 13,000 venues staging live music in their premises, and a further 20,400 increasing their current provision.
“The Live Music Act is a thoroughly welcome piece of legislation,” Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries, said. “It had my full support and that of Government as it became law and we are committed to seeing it implemented quickly and efficiently. New legislation should be scrutinised and initiatives like the UK Music research will help Government assess its impact. I am delighted that early indications show it will energise tens of thousands of new live music performances, exactly as we hoped.”