CREDITON pub The Kirton Cow is launching its new “live lounge” series of live music events this week.  

Vocal harmony and acoustic covers duo “Rhythm and Shoes” will be performing from 8.30pm on Friday, May 3. 

The High Street pub, formerly known as The General Sir Redvers Buller when it was owned by JD Wetherspoon, will host more live lounge sessions on May 6, May 18, May 27, June 1, June 11, July 9 and July 19. 

It also plans to have a monthly quiz and meat draw night. 

The Kirton Cow recently asked Mid Devon District Council for permission to have various music- and entertainment-related activities until late at night. 

But it then backtracked shortly before the council’s licensing sub-committee met on Friday, April 26. 

Despite this, the pub can still host live and recorded music indoors without needing permission between 8am and 11pm for no more than 500 people, the meeting heard. 

It can have live music – but not recorded music – between the same hours outside in its beer garden with the same limit on attendees. 

It can also submit temporary event notices for events outside of these times. 

More than a dozen people wrote to the council with concerns about potential noise pollution and anti-social behaviour before the meeting, but eight later withdrew their representations after the pub’s reversal. 

Residents can still complain to the council and MDDC can then review the licence and add conditions, councillors heard.  

These could include restricting times music can be played, whether it is amplified, where it can happen or simply banning it completely.