The clowns play trumpets and saxophones during a six-minute act as part of Zippo's Circus, one of the UK's biggest travelling circuses.Bizarrely, this only affects the clowns. Other music during the circus isn’t subject to the same claims:
But Birmingham council officials said the clowns were in breach of licensing laws.
Show organisers had to pull all music from the act, leaving the circus with silent clowns.
Circus owner Martin Burton claimed the clowns were being picked on as other acts can use instruments and a live keyboard throughout was deemed legitimate.They’re not wrong, are they? So, why do the council have a problem with clowns? Can’t they at least show them some professional courtesy?
"We had to take the music out. The clowns are from Spain, I explained the situation to them and now they think the English are mad".
The Licensing Act 2003 forbids the playing of any live music without a licence.Can’t see where this falls into any of those categories. I guess the council are just flexing their muscles because they can. And this is why it’s not a good idea to give them powers like this in the first place…
Councils must take into consideration four "licensing objectives" when exercising the powers of the Act, which was designed provide regulated entertainment.
They are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance, and the protection of children from harm.