RECORDED music has been banned at Dream Lounge by one of the country’s top judges.

The proprietors of the Swindon nightspot faced the legal music at London’s High Court yesterday and were left with a legal bill of more than £1,600.

Mr Justice Warren imposed the sound of silence on Sandra and Christina Rogers, trading as Dream Lounge in Victoria Road, after hearing that they were caught playing recorded copyrighted music there without a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) licence.

He also ordered them to pay a legal costs bill of £1,626 within 14 days.

The two women were ordered not to play any more music at any other premises they run until they bring their music licence up to date.

If they fail to obey the order they could be charged with contempt of court and face fines of up to £10,000 and up to six months in prison.

Ben Longstaff, counsel for PPL, told the court that a PPL inspector had attended the premises in April, and heard recorded tracks being played including ‘Who’s Laughing Now?’, ‘Hitz’ and ‘Pretty Girl Rock’.