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Venues vying for Best Pub Award

The deadline for the 2012 Great British Pub Awards comes to a close on Friday 25th May. The prestigious event, which honours the best pubs in the United Kingdom, has a comprehensive list of categories. Indeed, the awards up for grabs range from ‘Best Food Pub’ and ‘Best Managed Pub’ to ‘Best Spirits Pub’ and…

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Background music and the Olympics opening ceremony

With only 78 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, we’ve been eagerly anticipating news on which British acts will be taking part in the opening ceremony for the event on July 27. But, while details on the performances during the event itself are still a closely guarded secret, information has…

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Background music linked to memory functions in the brain

At Soundnet, we consistently stress the importance of having the right music. The appropriate background system music can shape the atmosphere of a pub, restaurant or spa. Songs have the power to influence the mood of clientele, while also creating the perfect ambiance for your drinkers or diners. But a new study from an American institution…

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On the Live Music Act and background music systems

A new act of Parliament will soon allow pubs to hold small live music gigs without a license. The new ruling, passed in the Live Music Act, will give pubs the opportunity to hold performances of live music if the audience is fewer than 200 people. The legislation is set to come into force around…

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Background music helps to soothe the soul

New research from Oxford has found that music helps reduce anxiety and improves the healing process. The investigation from Dr Apul Parikh, a cosmetic surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, claims that music played to patients undergoing minor treatments helped ‘improve anxiety levels’. The trial of 100 individuals discovered that those patients played music under…

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Pubs go online

Mitchells & Butlers, the managed pub and restaurant owner, has signed a deal with O2 to offer its customers free Wi-Fi across its 1,600 sites. The deal, which is set to last for three years, will allow restaurant and pub goers to access free Wi-Fi from their laptops and mobile phones, regardless of their provider….

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Celebrity restaurants – background music systems for the stars

This week, Mick Fleetwood, the legendary drummer (and namesake) of the rock and roll band Fleetwood Mac, declared his intentions to open a restaurant in Haiwaii. Mick, who plans to launch his venue in Maui, is the latest artist to step into the gastro business, joining the likes of Bono, Justin Timberlake and Moby. While…

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Reading and Leeds line ups set to increase digital jukebox plays

The line ups for the Leeds and Reading Festivals were announced this week with Foo Fighters, The Cure and Florence and the Machine all set to appear during the infamous August event. The bill, which also included The Shins, Mystery Jets and Kasabian, was positively received by fans and sales were said to be strong…

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More information on the revolutionary VHub Last.fm digital jukebox app

Earlier this year, Sound Leisure and Soundnet unveiled the latest in digital jukebox innovation with the exclusive VHub Last.fm app, a landmark development in music entertainment for pubs and their customers. The app, developed by Sound Leisure, offers pub goers the ability to enjoy their favourite Last.fm tracks in a VHub venue of their choice. The app,…

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AMS gives the latest in digital jukebox technology a glowing review

Automatic Machine Services, an operator with over 50 years’ experience in the service industry, has given the ‘Vhub’ digital jukebox a glowing recommendation in a recent article on Coin-op Community. The feature, which you can read here, sees Jason Jarrett, director at AMS, discuss the company’s satisfaction with the VHub and the outstanding service provided by…

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