Steven Hill / Glasgow.
I run Struggletown Records
I work for Artstore
I made the 'how to draw an owl' meme.
The legalities and regulations in regards to opening a DIY venue in the UK (the JT SOAR model)
Firstly, the JT SOAR model is:
Under 200 capacity
No bar / alcohol sales
Can sell food once a month (regional laws my apply)
Shows end at 11pm
If a space used for music in the UK is under 200 capacity no music performance licence is required as of October 2012 : https://www.gov.uk/entertainment-licensing-changes-under-the-live-music-act
You CANNOT have music of any description after 11PM. Curphews are you main defense against any trouble. ( See above )
If there is no bar, there is no age restrictions or ID check required. Therefore “all ages”.
The space MUST conform to public safety laws and fire regulations, but this is REALLY easy. https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/who-is-responsible
Wilkos and Ebay can get you everything you need.
We have been cleared to prepare and sell food once a month with our local environmental office at the council. This may vary from regional council to council.
Once you have all these in place MAKE CONTACT with council and fire department. They can’t roll in and shut you down, and they are generally friendly people just doing their jobs. We organised meetings with both at the space and had a cup of tea and a chinwag. Everything was A OK.
BE AWARE of your surroundings, are they are legal restrictions to the surrounding streets/district? Can people drink on the streets? Make friends with your neighbours, like a good house party: don’t alienate anyone who might hear/feel the effect of your events. Keep it above board, transparent and for god’s sake don’t like any urinate or leave trash outside your venue or on their way home!
Further questions: email@example.com ask for Joe or Phil
Planning to do something like this in Glasgow.
Click the link above for an in depth chat about what we’ve been doing since we started, what we’re doing RIGHT NOW and whether or not all punk is DIY.
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