JLS treated fans at Nando's to an intimate first play of their new album, Jukebox, last month. The event, held at Nando's recently opened Great Portland Street restaurant, was a great success with 200 devoted fans attending. The licensing team at Trethowans were under time pressure to get the Temporary Event Notice Application granted in time for the event, which would allow Nando's to stage JLS' live show and to sell alcohol to invited guests.
It is necessary to give 10 working days' notice to the local licensing authority and police and any objections or issues must be resolved within this timescale. In this case, concerns were raised about security and the impact on the surrounding area from a large number of JLS' fans being in the vicinity of the restaurant.
Working closely with Nando's events team, who also dealt directly with the police on security issues, the licensing team was able to satisfy the authorities' concerns. Nando's, is a long established, successful and experienced operator and they were given the go ahead to stage this much publicised event. Happy fans got to see JLS perform live and a lucky few even got photos and autographs of their pop idols.