In a sense they did us a big favour, as we will now presumably be able, in sub 200 capacity venues, to have as many performers as we wish.
Yes but only up to 11pm. When any live music taking place in any venue after this time, will be liable to the max £20,000 fine or 6 months in prison and this in venues that are now able to open to serve alcohol for much longer.
And if the then Bill had fallen - opening times would have also remained.
Perhaps we should look at this quite so narrowly? Sessions may have suffered and may still suffer, because the official mind still does not seem to be able to grasp the concept. But the old legislation did at least enable conventional solo acts and duos to escape the requirement for additional entertainment licensing.
I would like to think that if the whole Act had fallen, the live music issues would have been examined as a result. But who knows? We have what we have now and, with this Govt's own proposals for the reform of Schedule 1, we may obtain even more yet.
My fear is that although the Govt's proposals may go ahead and address non-musical performances, that in order to bring these in to line with the Live Music Bill but in face of opposition from the LGA Group lobby, live music will not gain any further benefit.....
But that is up to us.......