Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, helped lead a campaign that has successfully persuaded the Government that live music venues with a capacity of under 500 people should no longer require a license.
Mike has consistently called for greater relaxation of capacity numbers as he raises awareness of the importance of live music. This week, the Government has announced that the capacity ceiling has now been raised from 200 to 500. Mike is the founder of Rock the House – Parliament’s biggest competition – which draws attention to the importance of Intellectual Property Rights and live music in a fun and interactive way. For more information on Rock the House 2013, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “I’m really pleased that following the intervention of a number of MPs, the Government has announced this change which will reduce needless red tape for small venues. It’s a common sense move that will help struggling venues attract larger audiences and give bands bigger opportunities to show off their talent.”