Band's 4am name prompts pub visit for unlicensed late night music
June 20, 2012
A licensing officer who stormed a village pub was left red-faced when an advert promising 'music from 4am' was a reference to the band’s name, not the start time.
The band, whose singer John Adams is from Finchampstead, were due to play the Feathers pub in Laleham Broadway near Staines.
But after overzealous officers at Spelthorne Borough Council spotted an ad for the gig, the pub was paid a visit.
Kate Dillon, 50, licensee at The Feathers, said the pub was visited by two licensing officers and two police officers.
She added: "It’s ridiculous isn’t it and what’s amazing is, do you think that if we were going to have it that late that we would advertise it?
“He [the council's licensing officer] wanted to know if there was going to be music on until 4am, I was absolutely speechless for the first time in my life. I’m too old to stay up that late.”
The two-piece band which also includes percussionist Joe Becket, were as confused as everyone else about the stir caused by the June 1 gig.
Mr Adams said: “This has never happened to us before.
“We’re called 4am after one of our favourite tracks by Herbie Hancock. That’s how we got the name, it’s from the album Mr Hands.
“When we were looking for a name that was our favourite album. We play stuff to get the ladies dancing, it’s all dance, house and soul.”
A spokesman for Spelthorne Borough Council said: “Following a visit to The Feathers, there was no cause for concern. The visit was carried out after seeing an advertisement which mentioned 4am. On investigation, this was part of the name of the band.
“Licensing staff often make such visits, either pre-arranged or not, and The Feathers was one of a number of premises visited that night.”
Lee O’Neil, the council's assistant chief executive, said only one council officer visited the pub during a two minute visit.
He added: "It was assumed prior to the visit that ‘4am’ referred to the band’s name.
"The band wasn’t playing on the night of the licensing visit so there was no question of trying to catch anyone out or staff acting incompetently."