Do you need a licence to feature a live musician/s in your restaurant?

The short answer to this is that you don’t need a licence if some basic criteria are met.

This information is taken directly from the Government website entertainment licensing page. Find out more →

“… 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; and

  • it takes place at an alcohol on-licensed premises; and

  • the audience is no more than 500 people”

Live Solos UK is still investigating this issue further (such as the implications of having a musician play beyond 11pm), but for now we think it’s clear that no licence is required.

For more information:

  1. Institute of licensing

  2. Entertainment licensing (

  3. Alcohol licensing (