The sleepy village of Laleham in Surrey is not renowned for its late night raves and high-profile music events but the local council there decided to crackdown hard when they saw a sign at the The Feathers pub promising Music from 4am. Now it seems to me that a sensible idea would have been for a council official to pop round one afternoon and check with the pub’s management as to what was going on, they could then see if he knew a licence was needed for such late night entertainment.
But that’s not how the average council worker’s mind works (if works is the right term), a better plan is to storm in, accompanied by two more officials and a couple of police, late on the night of the advertised gig.
As you’ve probably guessed there were a lot of red faces when the Spelthorne Borough Council workers found that 4am was actually the name of the band, who were just finishing their set, at a respectable 10:00pm.
The two-piece soul funk combo, consisting of singer John Adams and drummer Joe Becket, are enjoying the most publicity in years. They never realised that naming their band after a song by jazz musician Herbie Hancock would get them into so much trouble.
The council are now concentrating on a crackdown on pubs that encourage excessive drinking after spotting many sporting a Free Beer Tomorrow sign behind their bars.