UK Musicians Protest Licensing Plans

British musicians protested a proposed new licensing scheme for entertainment in small pubs. “Around 500 musicians wore gags in a demonstration against the government’s licencing bill, which they claim will silence live entertainment in Britain’s pubs and clubs.” The bill will require venues in England and Wales to obtain licences from their local council for any form of entertainment, with a maximum punishment for performing without permission of £20,000 or six months in jail. Protesters claim it will hit small acoustic bands, folk singers and even carol singers and nativity plays in church halls and could kill off traditions like Morris dancing.”