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FolkEast Returns to Suffolk in Augist 2021 

13th May 2021. The popular three-day festival cautiously returns to Glenham Hall, Suffolk with confirmed dates 20th - 22nd August 2021. In a statement the organisers said FolkEast remains flexible and will adapt to the on-going situation as it unfolds so that we can come together again, confidently in a safe environment, to enjoy first class music in good company. The 2021 festival will be different but there will still be plenty of folkeastyness to enjoy! The line-up has mostly been rolled over form 2020 and tickets are available now for anyone interested.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 14 May 2021

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New Event: Beyond the Tracks Music Festival Returns - Birmingham - August 2021 

12th May 2021. Beyond the Tracks has been absent for four years but returns this year for a two-day festival scheduled for 27th - 28th August in Moseley Park, Birmingham. The confirmed headliners include Haçienda Classical, The Charlatans, Sleaford Mods, Billy Nomates, Inner City Live, BC Camplight, The Clause, Cage Park, The Nu, The Pagans S.O.H. and Todd Terry. Tickets are available now for anyone interested.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 13 May 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Rebellion Festival - Blackpool - August 2021 - Cancelled 

11th May 2021. Organisers of the 4-day Punk Rock festival in Blackpool have announced the cancellation of their August event. In a statement orgainsers said ‘The feeling is that music festivals are being ‘timed out’. No one is saying we CAN’T go ahead, but nothing is in place yet than means we CAN either’. The festival was to headline The Undertones, Tom Robinson and Stiff Little Fingers. Ticket holders can either roll over to 4th –7th August 2022 or apply for a refund. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 12 May 2021

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New Event: Happyland Festival by slowthai - Northampton - September 2021 

10th May 2021. UK rapper slowthai has collaborated with promotors Goldenvoice to create a new one-day mini music festival called Happyland for 25th September 2021 in Northampton. The line-up includes slowthai, plus beabadoobee, Shygirl, IDLES, Pa Salieu, Easy Life, Ethan P. Flynn, Izzie Gibbs, and Greentea Peng. Tickets are on sale now for anyone interested. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 11 May 2021

New Event: Retro in the Park Festival - Burnley - August 2021 

9th May 2021. Retro, the brand famous for the House Music scene in Manchester and Ibiza have launched a new one-day festival scheduled for 28th August at Towneley Park, Burnley. The line-up reads like a who's who of 90's House Music and includes Roger Sanchez, Graeme Park, Tall Pall, Paul Taylor, K Class, Sonique, Nightcrawlers, Livin Joy and Happy Clappers plus many more. Final release tickets are still available for any House Music fans interested.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 10 May 2021

New Event: Sign of the Times Festival - Hertfordshire - August 2021 

6th May 2021. The new two-day festival will feature the best of Rock, Indie, Blues, New wave and Folk-punk from the past and is scheduled to take place on 20th - 21st August 2021. An impressive line-up has been announced with headliners including Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ash, The Wedding Present, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, Black Grape, Alabama 3, Future Heads, Wilko Johnson and Ferocious Dog. For those interested tickets are on sale now.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 7 May 2021

New Event: Brighter Days Festival - Sunderland - July 2021 

5th May 2021. In a partnership between Kubix Festival and Block Rocking Events the new one-day festival is scheduled to take place on 4th July 2021. The Dance and Techno festival, Brighter Days presents Mode in the Park, have already confirmed headliners as Patrick Topping, Mella Dee, Mele, Jaguar, Alex Virgo and Sorley. Tickets start at £32.50 and go on sale 12th May. 
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Andy Robertson - Thursday 6 May 2021

New Event: The Last Dance - Dreamland, Margate - September 2021 

4th May 2021. The new one-day festival will take place at Dreamland in Margate and is set to feature Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada as headliners with a confirmed date of 25th September 2021. Other artists announced include Norman Jay, Crazy P Soundsystem, Trojan Sound System, Renegade Brass Band, Ashley Beedle and Disco Karaoke. Tickets go on sale from 7th May and start at just £20.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 5 May 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Rewind Festival - Scotland - July 2021 - Cancelled 

3rd May 2021. Organisers of the 3-day Scottish Retro Rewind festival have announced the cancellation of their July event. In a statement orgainsers said that following the recently published guidance from the Scottish Parliament, it has become clear that planning a festival on the scale of Rewind is totally unplausible. Ticket holders can switch to either of the other Rewind festivals in England, rollover to 2022 or request a full refund.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 4 May 2021

English Music Lovers Party Like it's 2019 at COVID Pilot Festival 

3rd May 2021. (Reuters). Live music returned to the birthplace of The Beatles after a long coronavirus-enforced silence on Sunday when the English city of Liverpool hosted a one-off music festival to test whether such events spread the virus. Around 5,000 people ditched face coverings and social distancing rules in the name of science and music. They attended the outdoor event having tested negative for COVID-19, and promised to get themselves tested again five days after the festival.
By Hanna Rantala. (
Photo by Mark Angelo from Pexels)

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Andy Robertson - Monday 3 May 2021

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Y Not Festival Announces Headliners and Dates for 2021  

29th April 2021. Organisers of the Derbyshire Y Not Festival have released details of their headline artists for thier festival now scheduled to take place 30th July - 1st August 2021. Headliners announced include Stereophonics, Bombay Bicycle Club and Blossoms, this is in addition to other artists already confirmed and include Manic Street Preachers, Fontaines D.C. DMA’s, Levellers, Sleaford Mods and Frank Turner. Tier 4 tickets are still available for anyone interested.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 30 April 2021

Sheb Fest Announces Headliners and New Dates for September 

28th April 2021. Organisers of Devon’s Sheb Fest have released their confirmed headline artists for their festival now scheduled to take place 3rd - 4th September 2021. Headliners announced include Ella Henderson, Ash and Republica, this is in addition to other artists already confirmed including Pattern Pusher, Clara Bond, The Rasscals, The Garden Club and The Kaizens. Tickets are still available for anyone interested. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 29 April 2021

Wireless Festival Announces Headliners and New Venue for September Dates 

27th April 2021. Organisers of London’s Wireless Festival have announced headliners for their event which takes place 10th - 12th September 2021. They also announced a move of venue to Crystal Palace Park. Headliners include Future, Migos, Skepta, Meek Mill, D Block Europe, AJ Tracey, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby. The first release of tickets has already sold out with a new release coming soon.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 28 April 2021

Tramlines Headliners Announced for July Dates 

26th April 2021. As announced last week the organisers of Tramlines have released their confirmed headline artists for the Sheffield festival scheduled to take place 23rd - 25th July 2021. Among the 40 artists announced were The Streets, Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks, DMA's, Pale Waves, Little Simz, The Pigeon Detectives, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mahalia, Everything Everything, Jake Bugg, Blossoms, The Sherlocks and Dizzee Rascal. Tickets go on sale Friday 30th April 2021. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 27 April 2021

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New Event: Slam Tent Returns to Edinburgh This Summer

23rd April 2021. Promotors FLY have joined forces with Slam DJ-producer duo Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle for a three-day event near Edinburgh in the summer. The orgainsers stated “After a five-year hiatus, Scotland’s legendary Slam Tent is returning this summer to play a significant part in the liberation of lockdown. Known globally as the one of the biggest dance tents on the European festival circuit “. Tickets will be available later this week. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 26 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Deer Shed Festival - North Yorkshire, UK - July 2021 - Cancelled 

22nd April 2021. Organisers of the Deer Shed three-day 10,000 visitor festival in North Yorkshire, have announced the cancellation of their July event. In a statement orgainsers said the lack of COVID cancellation insurance is the one hurdle they have been unable to clear. Ticket holders will be given the option of a refund or rollover to 2022.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 23 April 2021

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Tramlines to Announce Lineup on 26th April 2021 for July Dates 

21st April 2021. Organisers of Tramlines, the UK mega music festival based in Sheffield have announced that the first 40 artists in their lineup will be confirmed on Monday 26th April 2021. Tickets go on sale on Friday 23rd April 2021 for the event that is scheduled to take place on 23rd - 25th July 2021. The mixed genre Tramlines festival annually attracts over 30,000 visitors. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 22 April 2021

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New Event: City Splash Festival to Launch in September This Year 

20th April 2021. City Splash is a new festival that celebrates the influence of Reggae Music, Food and Culture in South London. This new one day event will take place in London’s Bekenham Place Park on 12th September 2021. The headliners include Barrington Levy, Lila Iké, Hollie Cook, Twinkle Brothers, Kiko Bun and Dawn Penn For those interested Earlybird tickets are available now starting from just £25.  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 21 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Boomtown Festival - Winchester, UK - August 2021 - Cancelled 

19th April 2021. Organisers of the Boomtown five-day festival in Hampshire, have announced the cancellation of their August event. In a statement orgainsers said that after almost half a year of collective campaigning to the government, sadly COVID specific cancellation insurance for events simply does not exist. The costs involved for the 70,000 visitor festival is just too large to bear without any cancellation insurance. All tickets for 2021 will automatically roll over to the 2022 event (scheduled for 10th – 14th August) or refunds are also available. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 20 April 2021

Festival Republic Joins Government Pilot Programme With a Live Gig to Trial the Safe Return of Fans.  

18th April 2021. (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department of Health and Social Care) The Sefton Park Pilot, in partnership with Culture Liverpool, will further trial approaches to managing and mitigating transmission risks at outdoor events, building on the evidence collected at events in the programme. The evidence from these pilots will be used to inform and shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events across England.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 19 April 2021

Shambala Festival - Northamptonshire, UK - August 2021 - Cancelled 

15th April 2021. Organisers of the Shambala festival in Northamptonshire have announced the cancellation of their August event. In a statement orgainsers said that this decision was made because of an absence of government backed insurance. All ticket holders will be automatically refunded and there will be no rollovers to 2022. Anyone who had a ticket will be placed on the reserve list for next year's festival .

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Andy Robertson - Friday 16 April 2021

Neverworld Festival - Hever, Kent, UK - July 2021 - Cancelled 

14th April 2021. Organisers of the popular Neverworld Kent festival have announced the cancellation of their July event. In a statement orgainsers said that this decision was made because of the lack of financial support from the government and failure to secure any event insurance. Organisers are looking to 2022 but have not confirmed any dates yet. All ticket and accommodation purchases will be automatically refunded within the next 10 days.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 15 April 2021

Events

Lindisfarne Festival Headliners for September Dates 

13th April 2021. Organisers of the Lindisfarne Festival based in Northumberland have announced their headliners for their event which takes place 2nd - 5th September 2021. New acts announced include Dizzee Rascal and Groove Armada who join already confirmed Alabama 3, From The Jam and Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. All ticket types are still available starting from less than £69 for a one day ticket in discounted form for anyone interested. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 14 April 2021

WOMAD Festival Announces Lineup for July Dates 

12th April 2021. Organisers of WOMAD, the music and arts festival based in Wiltshire have announced thier first round of artists up for their event which takes place 22nd - 25th July 2021. Headliners include Anoushka Shankar, Jordan Rakei, The Comet Is Coming and Nitin Sawhney. Also announced were A Certain Ratio, The Dhol Foundation, Greentea Peng, Nubiyan Twist and The Selecter. Tickets are still available for anyone interested. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 13 April 2021

Henley Festival’s Summer Fling Announces Lineup and July Dates 

10th April 2021. Organisers of Henley Festival’s Summer Fling have announced their line-up for their event which will now take place 8th - 10th July 2021. Headliners include Martin Kemp, Jo Whiley, Trevor Nelson, Maroon Town, Johnny Cash Convertors and Bikini Beach Band. The festival also includes street food and a vintage fair, tickets are still available for anyone interested.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 12 April 2021

Truck Festival Announces Headliners for July Dates 

8th April 2021. Organisers of Truck Festival in Oxfordshire have announced their line-up for the festival due to take place 23rd - 26th July 2021. Truck Festival have been fortunate to carry over many acts from last years cancelled event and headliners include Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks, Royal Blood, Blossoms, Fontaines D.C. and DMS’s Idles. The event is totally sold out but anyone interested can still join their waiting list in case tickets become available.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 9 April 2021

Manchester Jazz Festival Announces Lineup, Venue Change and June Dates 

7th April 2021. Organisers of Manchester Jazz Festival have announced new dates for the festival which will now take place 11th - 13th June 2021. Also announced is a venue change to Escape to Freight Island. Headliners include Nubiyan Twist, Camilla George, Binker Golding Band, Mr. Wilson's Second Liners and Untold Orchestra. The festival is free to attend but socially distanced tables must be booked in advance.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 8 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Bluedot Festival - Macclesfield, UK - July 2021 - Cancelled 

6th April 2021. Organisers of the popular Bluedot dance festival have announced the cancellation of their July event. In a statement orgainsers said that this decision was made due to a lack of support from the government to back any kind of insurance scheme along with feedback from artists and ticket holders. They are now focused on 2022 and hope to retain the headliners from this years cancelled event. Ticket holders can roll over to 2022 or apply for a refund. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 7 April 2021

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Solfest Announces Headliners for August Dates 

5th April 2021. Organisers of Solfest in Cumbria have announced thier line-up for the festival due to take place 26th – 29th August 2021. Solfest have been fortunate to receive £175,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund helping to make the festival possible. Headliners include Razorlight, Maximo Park, Amazons, Basement Jaxx and Echo and the Bunnymen. The event is mostly sold out but anyone interested can still obtain their Adult Weekend Ticket.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 6 April 2021

Standon Calling Announces Family Activities for July Dates 

2nd April 2021. Organisers of the Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire have announced a family programme of activities for their 22nd - 25th July dates. Family activities include Horrible Histories, Dick and Dom DJ Battle and How to Train Your Dinosaur. Among their musical acts headliners include: Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream and Craig Davide presents TS5 plus many more. Tickets for the weekend have sold out but are still available for other days. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 5 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Glastonbury gets £900,000 of Culture Recovery Fund grants 

2nd April 2021. (Music Week). Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced details of over 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover. It brings the government's total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion.
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Andy Robertson - Friday 2 April 2021

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Hampton Court Palace Festival Announces Headliners for August Dates 

31st March 2021. Organisers of the Hampton Court Palace Festival in London have announced a date change from June to 13th – 24th August 2021. Headliners were also announced including Sir Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Keane, Bastille and Bjorn Again. Existing ticket holders can transfer to the revised dates or request a refund. For anyone interested tickets are still available.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 1 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates

BST Hyde Park - London, UK - July 2021 - Cancelled 

30th March 2021. Organisers of the BST Hyde Park Festival have announced the cancellation of their July event. In a statement orgainsers said that following a review of the most recent government advice, the latest timeline means that they are unable to deliver with certainty the quality BST Hyde Park is known for in the time available. Headliners Duran Duran, Pearl Jam and the Pixies have been confirmed for 2022. Ticket holders can roll over to 2022 or apply for a refund.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 31 March 2021

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New Event: YAM Carnival to Launch in August This Year 

29th March 2021. The YAM Carnival is a new festival that celebrates black culture form around the world and is set to take place in London’s Clapham Common on 28th August 2021. The headliners include Nigerian star Davido along with Kehlani, Yemi Alade, Pa Salieu, Nao, Honey Dijon, Fatoumata Diawara and Princess Nokia. For those interested tickets go on sale form Thursday 1st April 2021. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 30 March 2021

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Isle of Wight Festival Announces Headliners for September Dates 

26th March 2021. Isle of Wight Festival has announced headliners for their September (16th - 19th) festival in Newport. Their impressive lineup over the four days includes Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta and Duran Duran. Also confirmed are Kaiser Chiefs, Lightning Seeds, LONA, Primal Scream, Roachford, Sam Fender, Seasick Steve, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Supergrass. For anyone interested a variety of ticket options are available.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 29 March 2021

Victorious Festival Announces Headliners for August Dates 

25th March 2021. Victorious Festival has announced headliners for their August (27th - 29th) festival in Portsmouth. Their impressive lineup over the three days includes Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks, The Fratellis, Cast, Feeder, Craig David, Melanie C, Supergrass and Fontaines D.C. plus many more. For anyone interested early bird tickets at just £30 are on sale now.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 26 March 2021

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New Event: HARD Festival to Launch in August This Year 

24th March 2021. The HARD Events brand is launching its first standalone festival in London at a new venue: Drumsheds. The EDM focused event is scheduled for 21st August 2021 and the line up includes Alesso, JauzTchamiMalaa, Dillon Francis, Noizu, Kayzo, Duke & Jones and Whipped Cream. For those interested pre-sales tickets go on sale on 31st March 2021. This new event is in addition to the HARD Event already scheduled for 31st July – 1st August in California. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 25 March 2021

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Parklife Announces Headliners for September Festival 

23rd March 2021. Parklife has announced headliners for their mid-September festival in Heaton Park, Manchester. The lineup announced includes Disclosure, DaBaby, and artists like slowthai, Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Carl Cox and Eric Prydz among many more. For those interested pre-sale tickets are available starting 24th March while general admission tickets will start on 25th March. Over 250,000 pre-registered for tickets so be quick. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 24 March 2021

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New Date: Hit The North Festival Announces October 2021 Date 

19th March 2021. Hit The North Festival in Newcastle announces 23rd October 2021 as their confirmed festival date. There will be new venues and new artists with an impressive lineup of 130 bands including DMA’S, Sports Team, Baby Queen, Greentea Peng, The Blinders, Ryan McMullen, L Devine Andrew Cushin and Just Mustard. Tickets are still available and on sale now.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 23 March 2021

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Latitude Festival Announces Full Capacity and Safety Protocols 

19th March 2021. Latitude Festival organisers have confirmed that their event for 22nd – 25th July will incorporate all appropriate safety protocols in light of the coronavirus pandemic. With most UK adults expected to have been vaccinated by July they also confirmed that the festival will run at full capacity. Headliners have been confirmed as Lewis Capaldi, Bastille and First Aid Kit. Tickets for all packages are still available and on sale now. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 22 March 2021

New Date: ZENfest Announces September 2021 Date

17th March 2021. ZENfest has announced a new date for their long running house music festival of Sunday 4th September. The festival is set to take place at Brentwood's Kelvedon Hall in Essex and the line-up confirmed so far includes Richy Ahmed, ANOTR, Rossi, Pat Wilson, Max Dean, Ryan Resso, DJ Caspa and Funk Cartel. General release and VIP tickets are still available and on sale now. 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 March 2021

Fi Fest Announces Headliners for August Festival 

16th March 2021. FI Fest has announced headliners for their summer festival near Windsor. Lightening Seeds and Toploader will perform on Sunday 29th August. The family friendly festival features a KidsZone and Hospitality Suite for those wishing to splash out with private bar and toilet facilities. For those interested tickets are on sale now and still available 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 17 March 2021

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New Event: Lamplight Festival to Launch in August This Year 

16th March 2021. The new family friendly festival is scheduled to take place in Mowbray Park, Sunderland on 7th and 8th August 2021. Headliners just announced include the Kaiser Chiefs and Deacon Blue. The inaugural festival was supposed to launch in 2020 but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic so 2021 will be the first Lamplight Festival. Tickets are still available for those interested.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 16 March 2021

New Date: BeCider Seaside Festival Announces May 2021 Dates 

15th March 2021. Bredy Farm has announced 3 new dates for their series of festivals for this year kicking off with the 4-day BeCider Seaside 12 event on 28th – 31st May. The festivals are held within Bredy Gate, a natural amphitheatre nestled into the rolling hills on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Headlining the May festival is popular UK electro trio Subgiant Tickets for all 3 festivals are on sale now.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 15 March 2021

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Creamfields Announces Headliners for August Festival 

11th March 2021. Creamfields the biggest UK dance music festival has announced impressive headliners for the festival. Chemical Brothers will perform on Friday 27th August and David Guetta on the Saturday. They join artists like Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Eric Prydz Nina Kraviz Pete Tong and  Tiesto among many others. The 70,000-visitor festival has already been sold out but anyone interested can still join their waiting list should tickets become available.

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Andy Robertson - Friday 12 March 2021

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New Date: Life is Beautiful Announces 2021 September Dates 

10th March 2021. Tickets go on sale from 12th March for this popular multi-genre festival with dates announced for 17th – 19th September 2021 in downtown Las Vegas. The headliners have also been announced including Billie Eilish, Green Day and Tame Impala. Early bird tickets sold out quickly and the organisers are running an RSVP service for those interested in getting any tickets that become available on general release on 12th March.  

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 11 March 2021

COVID-19 Updates

New Date: All Points East Returns for 2021 Over August Bank Holiday 

9th March 2021 (Hackney Gazette). Jamie xx and Kano are the first headline acts announced as All Points East returns to Victoria Park over August Bank Holiday. The four-day music festival, which was cancelled last year, has now moved from its usual May slot due to Covid restrictions. With tickets on sale from 10am on March 10, other acts lined up to perform on Saturday August 28 include Northampton rapper slowthai, whose latest album Tyron came out in Feb, All Points East favourite Little Simz, hotly tipped newcomer Arlo Parks whose debut album was released in January, and singer songwriter Tom Misch.
By Bridget Galton    

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 10 March 2021

New Date:Terminal V announce full lineup for two-day Halloween festival 

8th March 2021 (Skiddle). One of Scotland's biggest electronic music festivals - Terminal V returns to Edinburgh over the Halloween weekend this year (Royal Highland Exhibition Centre from Saturday 30th October - Sunday 31st October 2021), for an unprecedented rave event. Launched back in April 2017, what was originally a one-day event held over two stages, has now grown into one of the largest and most unique music festivals, found anywhere across Europe. With Terminal V now branching out globally, with the launch of their new Berlin event for 2022, Edinburgh remains the flagship and home of the brand with thousands now flocking to the event from all over Scotland and beyond.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 9 March 2021

UK Festival Organizers Push for Vaccine Passports at Events 

7th March 2021 (Your EDM). British festival directors called an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the return live music. Artists and fans may have to take the coronavirus vaccine - and show proof - before attending UK music festivals this summer. Festival organizers are considering this approach following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement for exiting lockdown. With live music set to return on June 21, festivals are selling out in record time and demand is high. To make festival season happen, organizers are weighing out the options for on-site COVID-19 testing, vaccine passports, and plenty of other health and safety protocols.
By Karlie Powell 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 8 March 2021

New Date: Stone Valley South music festival returns to East Herts 

5th March 2021 (Bishop Stortford Independent). With The Boomtown Rats, The Undertones and Happy Mondays as headliners. Stone Valley South, the weekender for ska, mod, indie, punk and northern soul fans, returns to East Herts this summer. Organisers originally hoped to host the three-day music festival for a third time in May, but with Covid-19 restrictions on events not expected to be lifted before June 21, they have rescheduled to August 13-15. The Stone Valley brand was established in Stanhope, County Durham, where it has grown into a sell-out annual celebration.
By Sinead Corr 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 5 March 2021

Did the Budget deliver for music Here's the industry's verdict 

3rd March 2021 (Music Week). Ahead of Rishi Sunak’s Budget, there were key priorities for the music sector including the furlough scheme and government-backed insurance for festivals. There was some good news on the extension of the furlough scheme to September, a business rates holiday until June (and a 66% rate until April), an extension of the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to 600,000 new starters, and £300 million for the Culture Recovery Fund. But there are still concerns for the live sector and the self-employed who don't qualify for support.
By Andre Paine 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 4 March 2021

A government-backed insurance scheme is vital 

2nd March 2021 (Music Week). In his Budget this week (March 3), Rishi Sunak will announce a £400 million boost for the creative industries. But while the funding has been welcome, music industry figures are calling for other key measures from the Chancellor to help the sector survive the pandemic. It follows the government’s announcement on the roadmap out of Covid restrictions by June 21, with socially distanced performances taking place no earlier than May 17. UK Music, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and DCMS Committee chair Julian Knight MP have all stressed the importance of a government-backed insurance scheme covering Covid if festivals are to go ahead this year.
By Andre Paine 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 3 March 2021

Musicians join call for government-backed live event cover 

2nd March 2021 (Insurance Business UK). A host of musical performers have lent their voices to the call for the UK government to underwrite cancellation costs of live events such as music festivals. The acts, which include Jools Holland, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Johnny Marr, Sir Cliff Richard, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Amy McDonald, Frank Turner and Judas Priest, say that the move will help restart the live entertainment industry this summer. This follows a recent YouGov survey that found that half of the UK population want to go see a live event this summer, while 75% believe such events are an important part of British culture.
By Gabriel Olano 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 2 March 2021

Live Nation sold 170,000 UK festival tickets in three days 

27th February 2021 (NME). Since the roadmap announcement both Reading & Leeds and Creamfields sold out almost instantly this week. Live Nation has sold nearly 200,000 tickets to UK festivals this week since the government set out the roadmap out of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. While this year’s Glastonbury, set for late June, has already been cancelled, and May’s The Great Escape is going online instead, a number of festivals taking place later in summer revealed this week that they would be going ahead as planned as the government outlined plans for England to gradually exit lockdown by the end of June.
By Will Richards 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 1 March 2021

UK music festivals 2021 a calendar of key dates 

25th February 2021 (iNews). The roadmap announcement has paved the way for events with large crowds to take place in the summer. Music festivals could be given the go-ahead this summer following the Government’s lockdown roadmap announcement earlier this week. Boris Johnson said all limits on social distancing could be removed by 21 June, paving the way for events featuring large crowds to take place. Although the June date was given as a “best case scenario” by ministers, several festival organisers have said this week they are planning on hosting their events in the summer. Here’s a list of all the festivals which are planning on going ahead. 
By George Martin 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 26 February 2021

Organizers Confirm UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals for August 2021 

24th February 2021 (U Discover Music). The news comes after the release of England’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, which predicts that the government will remove all legal limits on social contact by June. In a post celebrating the news, the Reading and Leeds festivals Twitter page posted, “Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO.” Bosses in charge of the festivals have yet to confirm detailed plans for the events, including whether social distancing measures and temperature checks will be incorporated into the organization of this year’s festivals.
By Eleanor Forrest 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 25 February 2021

UK festivals could face 'widespread cancellation' without more support, says industry representative 

23rd February 2021 (Sky News). While the government's plan is to lift social distancing measures by 21 June, festivals say they need assurance much sooner. The majority of summer festivals are unlikely to go ahead without more certainty from the government, despite the new lockdown-easing roadmap, a representative for the sector has told Sky News. Paul Reed, chief executive of the Association of Independent Festivals, said that while the prime minister's four-step COVID-19 rule-lifting plan is cause for some optimism, the costs and logistics involved in putting most festivals on are too great to leave decision-making until later in the year.
By Gemma Peplow 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 24 February 2021

UK nightclubs and festivals set for June 21 return 

22nd February 2021 (Audio Media Int). UK nightclubs and festivals will return to the UK by the end of June, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s schedule to remove all COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The government’s roadmap to reopening the UK economy states that all social distancing measures could lift on June 21 at the earliest. The government will continue to monitor COVID infection rates and will change in accordance with the data.The easing of lockdown restrictions has been broken down into four phases.  
By Daniel Gumble 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 23 February 2021

Northern Pride Festival Moves Online for 2021  

18th February 2021Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, organisers of the Northern Pride Festival, sponsored by Barclays UK, have made the decision to postpone their physical event and UK Pride status until 22 – 24 July 2022. Once again organisers have made the difficult decision to postpone the UK Pride event. In their announcement it was stated that this is not a choice made lightly and, although they would love to deliver a fantastic, inclusive event to celebrate the diversity of the community, their first priority is keeping attendees, volunteers and emergency services safe. 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 22 February 2021

First Ever Live Music Body Formed in the UK 

18th February 2021 (Pollstar). Some of the UK's most experienced live entertainment professionals have formed the UK's first dedicated live music body to face "unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, Brexit and beyond." LIVE, which stands for Live Music Industry, Venue And Entertainment, aims to be "the voice of the UK’s live music ecosystem including artists, managers, venues, festivals, promoters, agents, production and ticketing," according to the announcement. Membership is made up of the 13 principal industry associations across the sector, including the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) and more.
By Gideon Gottfried 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 19 February 2021

UK nightlife ‘faces extinction’ without government support  

18th February 2021 (City AM). The UK’s nightlife scene is at risk of extinction without urgent financial support, the government has been warned. A group of 40 cross-party MPs today urged the prime minister and chancellor Rishi Sunak to bring forward a sector-specific grant package and lay out a detailed roadmap for reopening venues to avoid “irreversible losses” for businesses. They added that a collapse of nightclubs and bars would create “ghost towns” across the country that would hinder the wider economic recovery. Boris Johnson is expected to lay out a plan for easing lockdown on 22 February, including target dates for reopening different parts of the economy.
By James Warrington 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 February 2021

Artists

UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring 'crisis' 

16th February 2021 (BBC News). The government has said it hopes to open negotiations with individual EU countries "very shortly" to help UK artists to tour after being told Brexit had created an "absolute crisis". Musicians, actors and their crews will face extra red tape and fees for visas to tour in some European countries. Speaking to MPs on Tuesday, arts figures said ministers must "act now". Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said there were no current talks to reach agreements with individual countries. She admitted there were "certainly a lot of obstacles to overcome", resulting in "quite a lot of sleepless nights for those across my department at the moment". 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 17 February 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Covid: Rapid tests could help reopen nightclubs, PM suggests 

15th February 2021 (BBC News). Quick coronavirus testing could enable nightclubs and theatres to reopen, Boris Johnson has suggested. The PM said "rapid" lateral flow tests could be used by "those parts of the economy we couldn't get open last year". "That, in combination with vaccination, will probably be the route forward," he told a Downing Street press conference. But he stressed it was "still early days" with "lots of discussions still to be had". A government source said: "There is a long way to go before we can get people back at big events safely." Nightclubs have been unable to operate since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 16 February 2021

Will festivals happen in 2021 

12th February 2021 (Lonely Planet). The cancellation of Glastonbury and Coachella have cast doubt over the return of festivals to the northern hemisphere in 2021. However, some organizers are still optimistic. Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza are being announced for late August and early September. And Spain's Primavera Sound has not yet cancelled its festivals in Barcelona, Porto and LA. So what's happening? With most of Europe in lockdown and infection rates still high in the US, can festivals and large cultural events still go ahead? Glastonbury and Coachella, arguably two of the biggest music festivals on the planet, are cancelled for the second year in a row.
By Sasha Brady 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 15 February 2021

ARA Set to Launch Manifesto for the Safe Return of Live Music and Sport 

11th February 2021 (Access All Areas). The Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA), an initiative created by the European Arenas Association (EAA), will launch a manifesto next week, outlining the next steps required to build towards the safe return of live events across Europe. The industry body will unveil its action plan at the end of its second virtual conference, #AGameofTwoHalves: The Return Leg on 18 February. An array of music and sport event professionals will speak at the event, during which the results of a series of pilot concerts at the 6,000-capacity Rockhal arena in Luxembourg will be discussed.
By Christopher Barrett 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 12 February 2021

Dutch government plans to allow music festivals from July 

10th February 2021 (Far Out Mag). Good news! This summer festival season has been blighted the world over for one very obvious reason, but The Netherlands have just offered the latest glimmer of hope after stating that they aim to get shows back on the road after July 1st. Last month, the Dutch government announced a cancellation fund of more than €300million in order to allow event organisers to reschedule shows panned before July 1st to the second half of the year, with security that they will be covered if the pandemic stops events going ahead any time after that date. The safety net fund will cover all events that attract a minimum of 3,000 visitors.
By Tom Taylor 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 11 February 2021

 Stagehand hits £1m crowdfund target for live event workers 

9th February 2021 (Access All Areas). UK live event production charity Stagehand has raised more than £1m to support live event workers. The Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund was set up in September and has since issued more than 900 grants to struggling stage and road crew. Applications for its third round of crew welfare grants of £500 remain open until February 12. The #ILoveLive prize draw campaign was set up to raise funds and the charity said it will launch a second prize draw on 17 February, with acts including The1975, Foo Fighters and Jack Garratt donating prizes. The charity said it received donations from artists, managers, anonymous donors, and other organisations
By Joe Gallop 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 10 February 2021

Artists

Government rejects visa-free Brexit touring petition 

8th February 2021 (NME). Over 280,000 fans signed a petition calling for visa-free travel for artists and crew, with MPs told that Brexit could "destroy British DIY music – arguably one of the UK's greatest exports" A Parliamentary debate on a petition calling for visa-free touring for UK artists and crew post-Brexit ended in the government essentially ignoring the idea and doubling down on the EU being at fault. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal failed to secure visa-free travel for UK artists and their crew wishing to tour Europe (adding huge costs to future live music tours of the continent and preventing rising and developing artists from being able to afford it), prompting a row to erupt over who was responsible. 
By Andrew Trendell 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 9 February 2021

COVID-19 Updates

The year the music died. Industry needs an insurance scheme or risks total collapse  

7th February 2021 (City AM). Over the course of the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption and harm to the live music industry. Lockdown affected physical sales. The shutting of public venues, such as restaurants and bars, caused lost revenue from background music services and performance income. Undoubtedly, significant restrictions to our everyday lives have forced the music industry to veer even more heavily towards the web. Music festivals, concert tours and award shows continue to be cancelled or postponed as restrictions in the UK show no signs of easing significantly any time soon.
By Gregor Pryor 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 8 February 2021

‘Health passports’ to enter music venues are being trialled in the UK 

4th February 2021 (MixMag). Music venues in the UK are set to trial a ‘health passport’ system, as the live music sector plans towards safely reopening. The health passport has been designed by the You Check app, which originally launched in mid-2019 as a ticket/ID system as a means to circumvent touts, as well as help link promoters directly to their audiences. Since the pandemic halted music events, You Check has adapted its notification system to help with track and track by linking attendees and integrating test results. Now it can be used to alert event attendees to possible infections, direct them to testing facilities
By Patrick Hinton 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 5 February 2021

LIVE calls on industry to urgently support #KeepVATat5 campaign 

3rd February 2021 (Access All Areas). Live music industry umbrella group LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) has called on the events industry to support its #KeepVATat5 campaign in an effort to persuade Government to maintain the current 5% VAT rate on ticket sales for the next three years. The reduced rate period is scheduled to end on March 31. The organisation issued a statement that said action was needed ahead of the budget to convince the chancellor Rishi Sunak to maintained the 5% rate. It claimed that of all of the support measures the industry is requesting the Government take, keeping the VAT rate on tickets at 5% for the next three years will make the single biggest impact to the sector’s recovery. 
By Christopher Barrett  

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 4 February 2021

Festivals could be 'as safe as Sainsbury's' 

2nd February 2021 (BBC News). Festivals have the potential to be "as safe as Sainsbury's", despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, MPs have been told. Rowan Cannon, director of festival organisers Wild Rumpus, said that while large events like Glastonbury have been cancelled, smaller-scale shows could go ahead with the right measures in place. "The idea that the festivals can't go ahead and be socially-distanced is inaccurate," she told the House of Commons Culture Select Committee, which is examining the live music sector. Cannon urged MPs to consider the diversity of the UK's festival scene, which includes everything from boutique, location-specific events to "80,000 20-year-olds in a field". She noted that the two festivals she organises - Just So in Cheshire and Timber in South Derbyshire - could easily protect their audiences amid the pandemic.
By Mark Savage 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 3 February 2021

Artists

PRS for Music U-turns over license fee for small-scale live stream concerts 

1st February 2021 (Music Business). It’s taken British Collection Society PRS for Music three whole working days to do a one-eighty over its new license fee for small-scale live stream concerts in the UK. On Wednesday (January 27), the org launched its new Online Live Concert licence, requiring artists to pay a fixed rate fee for live-streamed gigs that generate less than £500, even if they’re only performing their own songs. The move was slammed by artists, managers and UK industry bodies like The Music Manager’s Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition, who issued a joint statement last week claiming that the new tariff was launched with “no prior warning and without consultation with artists or their representatives”.
By Murray Stassen 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 2 February 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Coachella, Stagecoach festivals postponed for a third time due to coronavirus 

29th January 2021 (Press Enterprise). The twin editions of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been officially postponed for a third time due to the novel coronavirus and no new dates have been announced. Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed a public health order Friday, Jan. 29 forcing the cancellation for the April 2021 dates of the music festivals set for the Empire Polo Club in Indio. “The first thing to keep in mind is that under the state framework this event couldn’t happen anyway,” Kaiser said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon.  
By Vanessa Franko and Kelli Skye Fadroski 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 1 February 2021

DCMS Festival Inquiry to hear from Carnival boss about local impact of events 

28th January 2021 (Access All Areas). MPs will hear from Notting Hill Carnival chief executive Matthew Phillip about the economic and social importance of festivals to local communities during the second session of the DCMS Select Committee Future of UK Music Festivals inquiry on February 2. MPs will hear about the impact of cancellations on local residents, volunteers and audiences. The session will also consider the impact to festival supply chains and those who work at festivals, such as artists, technicians and security guards, hearing the experience of Tre Stead, tour manager for Frank Turner.
By Christopher Barrett 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 29 January 2021

Brokers push government to cover Covid-19 event insurance gap 

27th January 2021 (Insurance Age). Tysers is leading a lobbying process to encourage the government to support festivals and live music by providing interim cover while commercial providers have stepped back. Director at Tysers, Tim Thornhill spoke with Insurance Age about the issues with event cover following the cancellation, for the second year in a row, of Glastonbury Festival. At this point government insurance support would enable organisers to get insurance so they can begin to plan for events to take place safely.
By Sian Barton 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 28 January 2021

Events

Rock-it Cargo and Sound Moves merge: 'let's get this show on the road' 

26th January 2021 (Loadster). Rock-it Cargo and Sound Moves, forwarders specialising in live events and music tours, are to market their services together under one brand, Rock-it Global. Both are subsidiaries of Rock-it Cargo USA and will merge their offices and vendor networks. Happily, the companies confirmed there would be no job losses in the new group. “In fact, with the emergence of multiple vaccines and the planned return to supporting live events again in 2021, we believe it will create jobs as we grow,”  
By Alex Lennane  

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 27 January 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Industry body hopes live music experiment could help pave way for return of gigs 

25th January 2021 (Express and Star). Robert Fitzpatrick, chief executive of the Odyssey Trust and co-founder of the Arena Resilience Alliance, said they hope it will prove a game-changer. It is hoped a live music experiment will pave the way for the return of music gigs and sports events, an industry body said. Live events have been cancelled across the world amid strict public health measures introduced by governments trying to curb the spread of Covid-19. But a series of five intimate test concerts hosted by the Rockhal arena in Luxembourg next month planned with stringent health measures could help to create a model to bring live events back.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 26 January 2021

'Our industry is in the hands of the vaccination process' - The future of Bristol's famed festival scene 

24th January 2021 (Bristol Post). Bristol simply wouldn't be the city it is without the wealth of fantastic events it plays host to. The likes of Harbour Festival, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Upfest and Loves Saves The Day attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and provide a significant boost to the local economy. St Paul's Carnival alone contributed £5.1m in 2018, according to the event's UWE-commissioned impact report, and organisers of the recent #WeMakeEvents protest say there are 40,000 people working behind the scenes in live events in Bristol.
By Robin Murray 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 25 January 2021

UK's Glastonbury Festival cancelled again this year, organisers say 

21st January 2021 (Reuters). Britain’s Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield music festival in the world, has been cancelled for a second year running because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Thursday. “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us,” founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily said in a statement on Twitter. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.” The festival was also cancelled last year because of the pandemic. More than 135,000 tickets had sold out in just 34 minutes for the event held on Eavis’s dairy farm in southwest England. 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 22 January 2021

Artists

More than 100 key artists and industry figures criticise Gov’s Brexit visa deal 

20th January 2021 (Access All Areas). Many of the UK’s most successful artists, including Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Queen and Brian Eno, have signed a letter to the Government accusing it of “shamefully failing” the country’s performers with its Brexit deal. They are joined by leading figures in the live entertainment industry including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis. The letter, published in The Times today, 20 January, says many artists are struggling due to the concerts ban and that the lack of a special arrangement with the EU enabling them to tour without visas on the continent “will tip many performers over the edge”. 
By Christopher Barrett 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 21 January 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Festival bosses provide a positive update on chances of live music events in 2021 

18th January 2021 (Far Out Mag). It’s been almost twelve months since the pandemic put a halt to live music as we know it, and the future of the industry still looks incredibly uncertain. However, festival bosses have now provided optimism about when these events could return. The optimism comes primarily from the speed that the UK is currently vaccinating its citizens, providing hope that there is a real chance that festivals may go ahead this summer. Events like Manchester’s Parklife and London’s The Mighty Hoopla have moved back their 2021 dates from June to September to allow an extra few months for the public to be vaccinated and build up immunity to the virus.
By Joe Taysom 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 20 January 2021

Events

20,000 people in New Zealand attend biggest concert since lockdown 

18th January 2021 (NME). Thousands of music fans went to a concert in Waitangi, New Zealand on Saturday (January 16) for what was the biggest single gig since the coronavirus pandemic began. New Zealand has managed to tackle and contain the virus so effectively that its alert level sits at one, with only a few imported cases or isolated local cases occurring (it currently has fewer than 80 active cases). This has meant that mass gatherings without social distancing have been able to run since the end of last year. The concert in question was the first of Six60’s six-date nationwide summer tour. Up to 20,000 people attended the concert at the outdoor show in Waitangi.
By Charlotte Krol 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 19 January 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Restarting live music in 2021: Gig and festival bosses on what to expect 

15th January 2021 (NME). With COVID still causing uncertainty but the vaccine roll-out bringing some hope, industry insiders talk when live music might return and what it might look like. Music industry insiders, festival bosses and medical experts have spoken to NME about when live music might be able to return in the UK. After the coronavirus pandemic cancelled last year’s festival season and made live gigs impossible – bar socially distanced shows outside of lockdown – many music fans are currently optimistically looking ahead to what summer 2021 may look like.
By Andrew Trendell
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Andy Robertson - Monday 18 January 2021

Artists

EU pins blame on UK as huge Brexit spat erupts 

14th January 2021 (Express). THE European Union has firmly placed the blame on the UK for the end to visa-free touring for musicians across Europe, following a huge backlash from performers. Brussels officials claimed Britain had turned down a plan that would have enabled musicians to tour throughout the continent without visas. The latest comments came after Downing Street insisted that its own "ambitious" proposals had been rejected by the EU. Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters: "I very much regretted that the British didn't have more ambition for people's mobility.
By Paul Withers 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 15 January 2021

New Event

Jameson and Sofar Sounds team up to showcase UK musicians through virtual gigs 

13th January 2021 (Mobile Marketing). Jameson, Pernod Ricard’s popular Irish whiskey brand, has teamed up with music events startup Sofar Sounds to promote emerging musicians through a series of virtual gigs. Sofar’s Seen & Heard Listening Room, which launches today (13 January), will showcase 15 up-and-coming artists in a two-week series of 20-minute stripped back sets at 7pm each night. All of the performances were recorded ahead of the latest lockdown. Acts include alternative hip-hop artist and poet Otis Mensah, funk band I.M.O, and alt-pop poet Tiërny.
By Tyrone Stewart.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 14 January 2021

Artists

Brexit: Pressure mounts on UK government to resolve EU touring visas for musicians 

12th January 2021 (BBC News). Pressure is mounting on the UK government to resolve issues around EU touring visas for musicians and crews. Since leaving the EU, British musicians are no longer guaranteed visa-free travel and may need additional work permits to play in some countries. Composer and cross-bench member of the House of Lords, Michael Berkeley, said it left many in a "perilous position". The Association of Independent Music called for the two sides "to speedily return to negotiating".
By Paul Glynn
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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 13 January 2021

COVID-19 Updates

MP Asks Government to Help Festival Organisers 

11th January 2021 (Island Echo). In a bid to help UK music festivals – such as the Isle of Wight Festival – restart when the time is right, Island MP Bob Seely has asked the Government to support festival organisers with a Government-backed insurance scheme similar to that in place for film and television. Last month Mr Seely hosted a virtual meeting between Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage, and some of the Island’s leading event’s organisers to discuss what could be done to support the industry this year. This month the Island’s MP has written to the DCMS Select Committee Chairman, Julian Knight

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 12 January 2021

UK Music's Jamie Njoku-Goodwin backs MPs' call for government-backed insurance scheme for festivals 

8th January 2021 (Music Week). UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has welcomed the call from MPs on the DCMS Committee for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide a government-backed insurance scheme for festivals in 2021.  The move followed his appearance alongside festival organisers to give evidence to the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport Select Committee as part of their inquiry into festivals. The Association of Independent Festivals CEO Paul Reed also gave evidence.
by Andre Paine
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Andy Robertson - Monday 11 January 2021

Use the live music industry to deliver the Covid vaccine

7th January 2021 (iNews). Roadies have skills to deliver jab and turn venues into mass vaccination centres, says music promoter John Giddings. The skills of the dormant live music industry should be used to step up the Covid vaccination programme, the promoter of the Isle of Wight festival and stadium tours by the Rolling Stones has suggested. In a message to Boris Johnson, John Giddings said: “We are the music business – we have thousands of skilled people capable of running events & empty theatres/clubs/arenas. Give us the vaccines and we will work 24 hours a day to sort it.” 
By Adam Sherwin
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Andy Robertson - Friday 8 January 2021

New Zealand Safely Starts 2021 With Music Festivals, Events 

6th January 2021 (EDM Tunes). With envy, the rest of the world watched how thousands of festival-goers attended live music events in New Zealand for the new year. We can all agree that we miss that celebration! Although this may sound irresponsible at first glance, we must keep in mind that the country currently counts less than 80 coronavirus cases. As the world keeps fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries are en route to end the crisis within their borders.
By Juan Carlos Gonzalez.
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Andy Robertson - Thursday 7 January 2021

UK music festivals call for help to survive until summer 

6th January 2021 (LONDON Reuters). Britain’s music festivals will have to start pulling the plug on events for the second year in succession if they do not get government support to give them the confidence to book acts and contractors, the industry said on Tuesday. Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, chief executive at music industry trade body UK Music, said event organisers needed a date for when live music could resume and also for the government to back an insurance policy in case the pandemic caused new cancellations.
Reporting by Sarah Mills

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 6 January 2021

Live music sector needs a 'restart date', the government is told 

4th January 2021 (BBC News). Concerts and festivals need government assistance to get "back on their feet," says the music industry trade body UK Music. It is calling on MPs to name a "restart date", after which gigs can go ahead, following months of cancellations. The body is also asking the government to introduce Covid cancellation insurance for live events, and to extend a VAT cut on concert tickets. The government said it was working "flat out" to support the sector.  
Reporting by By Mark Savage. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 5 January 2021

Will music festivals like Cropredy be able to welcome fans in 2021 

1st January 2021 (Oxford Mail). Music fans are hoping the arrival of coronavirus vaccines will mean festivals get to go ahead in 2021. Popular festivals like Cropedy, which takes place every August near Banbury, are still being planned. August 12-14 are the proposed dates, with Fairport Convention, former Genesis musician Steve Hackett and guitar legend Richard Thompson already listed. In October, the festival, one of Oxfordshire's biggest, received £200,000 in emergency aid to help it survive.
Reporting by Andrew Ffrench.

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Andy Robertson - Monday 4 January 2021

Illegal rave planned for New Year's Eve in Welsh farmhouse 

30th December 2020 (Wales Online). Organisers of an illegal rave in Wales are advertising tickets on social media saying "we go again" and boasting about the fact their last event made headlines. Posting under South Wales Party on Snapchat, the rave - billed as a "New Year's Eve Special" - will take place in a south Wales farmhouse on December 31. In a series of 'stories' on the social media channel, details refer to a previous illegal rave at a Welsh mansion which was organised in November while coronavirus restrictions were still in place.
Reporting by Laura Clements 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 31 December 2020

Fatboy Slim: 'live gigs will be the last thing allowed' after Covid-19 

29th December 2020 (The Argus). A DJ has admitted his personal fears about how long the coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect gigs and the live music industry. Fatboy Slim, who lives in Hove, said it feels “scary” not knowing how long it will be before he can return to playing to crowds live. The DJ, whose real name is Norman Cook, was speaking on a podcast called Celeb And The Average. He told the show’s host Phil Reynolds: “The idea of how long it is going to go on gets really scary. “And so, especially for people in our end of the entertainment business, it’s really scary because we’re under no illusions that will be the last thing to be put back in place.  
Reporting by Rose Lock 
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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 30 December 2020

Artists

Pro-Arts Petition Proposes Visa-Free Touring For UK Musicians Following Brexit

28th December 2020 (Live for Live Music). After years of back-and-forth drama and debate, United Kingdom and European Union officials finally reached an agreement on a Brexit trade deal on Christmas Eve. With the U.K. officially set to leave the European Union on January 1st, professionals across several industries will be permitted to enter the E.U. for work purposes without a visa. Unfortunately for the arts industry, that won’t apply to touring musicians, as British artists hoping to tour Europe will now have to apply and secure work visas for each European country they want to perform in, making international touring that much more difficult.
Reporting by Tom Shackleford

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 29 December 2020

New Event

From Tomorrowland to EXIT – the best NYE live streams 

23rd December 2020 (Music Festival News). At a time when mental health has never been more important, these live stream events aim to bring the world that little bit closer. The countdown to New Year’s Eve is on and Tomorrowland have got it covered with a celebration for their fans around the world. This is not just DJ’s performing sets from their homes, this is a fascinating and immersive digital world that has been specially created with four stage designs in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ.
Reporting by Hayley Thompson 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 24 December 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Council seeks new partner to run music festival - as budget cuts risk its future 

22nd December 2020 (Basingstoke Gazette). Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is looking for a new partner to help run the town's annual two-day music and arts festival from 2021 as 'rising costs' mean its at risk of cuts. B LOVE Festival is an annual two-day summer event which brings over 100 live music acts, family entertainment and art in unusual places to War Memorial Park, and is the finale event of Basingstoke Festival.
Reporting by Catriona Aitken 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 23 December 2020

New Event

Gate to Southwell announce new date and location for 2021 

21st December 2020 (Folk Radio). The long-awaited and hugely-anticipated 14th Gate To Southwell Festival is now set to take place in September 2021 at a beautiful new location in the nearby village of Kirklington (just outside Southwell). Having had to cancel the 2020 festival because of the Covid pandemic, the GTSF organisers are extremely confident that four days of folk, root and acoustic music from the UK and all over the world, will go ahead from Thursday September 2nd to Sunday September 5th. The first wave of acts have already been confirmed. 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 22 December 2020

COVID-19 Updates

New ventilation system could make clubs and venues COVID-secure 

18th December 2020 (DJ Mag). London’s 100 Club will trial the Pathogen Reduction System next month. A London nightclub will pilot a new ventilation system in January that could lead the way in making clubs and music venues more COVID-secure. According to an announcement on their Instagram, London’s 100 Club on Oxford Street will be the first to trial the system designed to eliminate as much as 99.9% of airborne pathogens, including coronavirus.
Reporting by Chiara Wilkinson

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Andy Robertson - Monday 21 December 2020

Ticketing

Ticketing platform Lyte raises $33m in Series B funding round from investors including Quincy Jones 

17th December 2020 (Music Business Worldwide). Ticketing technology platform Lyte has raised $33 million in a Series B round, a combination of equity and debt. The latest round brings Lyte’s fundraising total to $48m. Lyte states that the funding will allow it to continue its growth beyond the nearly 300 artist tours, festivals, venues and live events that use the firm’s technology. Joining as first-time Lyte investors are Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital, music industry legend Quincy Jones and Rocketship VC.
Reporting by Murray Stassen 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 18 December 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Live music crowd experiment tests effectiveness of same-day COVID-19 testing 

16th December 2020 (DJ Mag). 1,000 Barcelona residents participated in a live concert medical study on Saturday, 12th December to evaluate the effectiveness of same-day COVID-19 screenings for physical events. According to a report by The Associated Press, 500 of the volunteers were randomly selected to enjoy a free five-hour concert inside Barcelona's Apollo Theater after passing an antigen screening - a test which produces results in 15 minutes but with less accuracy than those with longer waiting times. Although selected volunteers had to wear FFP2 face masks and use hand disinfectant, social distancing wasn’t enforced in order to emulate a real concert atmosphere on the dancefloor.
Reporting by Chiara Wilkinson 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 17 December 2020

Night time economy in the UK to be supported by new parliamentary group 

14th December 2020 (We Rave You). The UK’s night time economy is perhaps one of the hardest-hit industries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there have long been calls for the government to do more to protect what is a £66bn per year industry that has pretty much ground to a halt since the pandemic started. Now however, the industry is finally able to throw more weight behind their campaign, as an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy has been formed with support from the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), which represents over 1,200 venues across the UK.
Reporting by By Mike Davies 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 16 December 2020

Artists and managers protest proposed UK livestream tariff 

14th December 2020 (NME). Two associations have written a letter to PRS for Music signed by more than 50 artist managers. The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) are protesting a proposed new tariff for live-streamed concerts. The two associations have written a letter to PRS for Music, the UK performance rights organisation, criticising the tariff as “unworkable” and punitive to artists.The letter is countersigned by more than 50 artist managers, including representatives for Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa, Biffy Clyro, Fontaines DC, Gorillaz and Yungblud, as well as a group of FAC member artists and songwriters.
Reporting by Will Lavin 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 15 December 2020

Glastonbury may face 2021 COVID cancellation, warns MP 

12th December 2020 (We Rave You). Julian Knight, the Conservative chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has warned that UK festivals such as Glastonbury may still face cancellation in 2021, due to COVID-19. Despite the recent roll-out of the Pfizer vaccine in the United Kingdom, hopes that British-based festivals may still be able to operate in 2021 have now been quashed, with Knight, speaking in the House of Commons, adding: “The UK is the leader in the world in terms of music and arts festivals. The sector is worth £12 billion and supports many thousands of highly-skilled jobs as well as the financial lifeblood of the nation’s musicians.
Reporting by Jake Gable 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 14 December 2020

Forbes package ‘like a Christmas cracker joke’ 

10th December 2020 (Daily Business). Taxi drivers, wedding photographers and visitor attractions are among those receiving new support from the Scottish government, though one organisation described the help on offer as like a “Christmas cracker joke”. Small businesses, including the self-employed, will share £185 million of consequentials distributed from Westminster, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced. She said there will also be additional one-off payments to hospitality businesses in January to help them deal with the traditional post-Christmas dip in demand.
Reporting by Terry Murden 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 11 December 2020

Nile Rodgers: major labels are “perpetrating” unfair streaming royalty distribution 

9th December 2020 (DJ Mag). The Chic frontman spoke out in front of MPs yesterday, Nile Rodgers argued that major labels are to blame for low artist income from streaming platforms, appearing before MPs yesterday as part of an inquiry into the financial impact of services like Spotify and Apple Music. Rodgers called for the three major labels - Sony, Universal and Warner Music – to do more for their artists and give them a fair share of streaming revenue. "When you see the disparity, it's just absolutely ridiculous," he said. Rodgers said: “It’s not the streaming services that we have the problem with 
Reporting by Chiara Wilkinson

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 10 December 2020

Just the ticket! Can pubs get round 'substantial meal' rule by charging customers to hear live music 

8th December 2020 (Daily Mail). Pubs are urging punters to buy tickets to live music nights in a bid to exploit a Tier 2 lockdown loophole which means they can order drinks without a 'substantial meal'. Thousands of watering holes have been affected by the rules which forbid landlords providing alcohol to be drunk on the premises, unless it is served with a portion of food. The definition of a 'substantial meal' has also been the subject of much discussion, with ministers concluding after days of confusion that a scotch egg would be an acceptable accompaniment to a pint or glass of wine.
Reporting by Tom Pyman

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 9 December 2020

Celebrities pledge to get £84billion events sector back on its feet 

7th December 2020 (Express). Celebrities are launching a major campaign today to get Britain's £84billion events sector back on its feet. England rugby world cup hero Jonny Wilkinson, sports TV presenter Clare Balding, comedian Rory Bremner and astronaut Tim Peake are among those backing the crusade. Also in the "One Industry One Voice" coalition is Olympic champion Daley Thompson, chefs Angela Hartnett and Tom Kerridge, ex-racing driver David Coulthard and businessman Harvey Goldsmith. They all appear in a video called #wecreateexperiences as part of the push.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 8 December 2020

Glastonbury Festival 2021: When will we know if it is going ahead? 

6th December 2020 (Somerset Live). With so much uncertainty in the world right now, there has been plenty of discussion around whether or not Glastonbury will take place in 2021. The 2020 edition of the annual event, which would have marked its 50th anniversary, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ever since the expected yet devastating cancellation festival-goers have been speculating if they will be able to return to Worthy Farm, the home of the festival, next year and keeping their fingers firmly crossed. Organisers of the world-renowned shindig, as well as others associated with it, have spoken out about the likelihood of staging Glastonbury 2021 on numerous occasions in recent months.
Reporting by Robin Murray 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 7 December 2020

WeMakeEvents: the movement demanding change 

3rd December 2020 (We Rave You).  When COVID-19 began taking away festivals, gigs and other live events, a lot of us admittedly thought that it would be over by the end of the year. With us now moving into December with no end in sight to this pandemic, the music and arts sectors all around the world are in dire need of financial aid from their local governments. The problem, though, is that local governments – especially in the United Kingdom – are refusing to take the cultural sector seriously, putting our music scene as we know it in extreme danger of irreversible collapse. 
Reporting by Ellie Mullins 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 4 December 2020

Fresh hope for 2021 festivals as Matt Hancock pledges we'll all "enjoy" summer next year 

2nd December 2020 (RadioX). Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said in a recent interview that the coronavirus vaccine will allow us to have a "summer next year that everybody can enjoy". Every major music event from Glastonbury to Reading & Leeds has been postponed in the UK until 2021, with most organisers allowing fans to roll over their tickets until next year. Now, those who have gravely missed festivals and music events due to the COVID-19 pandemic have fresh hopes of attending them next summer.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 3 December 2020

Events

Major new music venue for west London in £1.3billion Olympia redevelopment 

1st December 2020 (Evening Standard). Olympia is set to return to the rock concert circuit after it was revealed that the £1.3 billion overhaul of the exhibition centre will include a 4,400 capacity live music venue. Many of the biggest names in music appeared at Olympia during its heyday including Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Procol Harum, The Cure and Primal Scream. It has hosted few major music events over the past decade although rap star Skepta performed a sellout show there last year.  
Reporting by Jon Prynn 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 2 December 2020

COVID-19 Updates

England’s live music industry welcomes new guidance on alcohol sales 

30th November 2020 (Express and Star). The live music industry has welcomed new Government guidance confirming venues under Tier 2 restrictions in England can sell alcohol. The Music Venue Trust (MVT) had warned post-lockdown rules stating venues could not sell alcohol would prevent them being able to hold financially viable events. The guidelines said alcohol could only be served as part of a “substantial” meal. The MVT said 92% of grassroots venues do not have the facilities to provide substantial food. The organisation has welcomed new guidance to allow alcohol sales at ticketed live shows.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 1 December 2020

New Event

10k tickets to go on sale for 3 day Trentham Live music festival as line up to be announced 

29th November 2020 (Stoke on Trent Live). One of Staffordshire's best-loved tourist attractions is to hold a three-day music festival with some of the 'world's biggest stars' set to perform. A total of 10,000 tickets will be up for grabs for Trentham Live. The event will be held within the Trentham Gardens parkland over the weekend of September 3 to September 5, 2021. Organisers are remaining tight-lipped about the line-up with an announcement due to be made tomorrow (November 30) from 9am. Bands including Wet Wet Wet, Atomic Kitten and 5Five performed across two stages at the revived festival in 2019.
Reporting by Hayley Parker 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 30 November 2020

The Clapham Grand re-opens doors to live events 

26th November 2020 (Access All Areas). Following the Government’s announcement that venues in tier 2 can stage events with physically distanced audiences of up to 1,000 from 2 December, the operator of the Clapham Grand has announced a busy December schedule of shows, including concerts by acts such as The Hoosiers, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. In September, the venue’s socially-distanced event capacity was increased from 280 to 400 with the opening of its newly refurbished top tier balcony for the first time in 15 years. The following month, the venue received £300,000 from the Arts Council England
Reporting by Christopher Barrett 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 27 November 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Music Venue Trust Calls New COVID-19 Restrictions "Illogical"

25th November 2020 (The Quietus). Rules that alcohol can only be served with 'a substantial meal' spell trouble for music venues offering socially distanced events, the organisation says. The Music Venue Trust has responded to the UK government's latest tier-based outline of coronavirus restrictions which will come into effect next week following the end of a month-long nationwide lockdown. The organisation has described aspects of the new restrictions that will affect grassroots music venues as "inconsistent and illogical," particularly calling on the government to rethink limitations within tier two.
Reporting Christian Eede 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 26 November 2020

UK Live Industry Awaits Support As End Of Lockdown & Spending Review Approach 

24th November 2020 (Pollstar). A human tragedy is currently unfolding across the world in general, and the live entertainment industries in particular, where vast numbers of self-made entrepreneurs are currently being ignored by their governments. In the UK alone, some 3 million taxpayers are currently excluded from meaningful government support. Support they only require because they have been unable to work since March because of COVID-19 restrictions, when only select businesses were deemed essential and allowed to remain open – notwithstanding the fact that any self-employed professional would probably describe their business as essential to their survival.
Reporting by Gideon Gottfried 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 25 November 2020

Indoor and outdoor events with audiences given green light from 2 December 

23rd December 2020 (Access All Areas). The Government has issued its Winter Plan, which states that outdoor events such as concerts and sports will be able to accommodate audiences of up to 4,000 in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas when the UK emerges from national lockdown on 2 December. It said in Tiers 1 and 2, live events can now resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing in place. In Tier 1 the capacity limit will be 50% of a venue’s capacity or 4,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, whichever is lower. In Tier 2 these will be 50% capacity or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, whichever is lower.
Reporting by Christopher Barrett.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 24 November 2020

Events

 How Berlin's infamous Berghain nightclub has reimagined itself in 2020 

19th November 2020 (National Geographic). In the wake of the pandemic, Berghain, Berlin’s notoriously selective nightclub, has reinvented itself as an art gallery. Plus, discover the three UK venues following its lead. It’s infamously tricky to get into Berghain — or, at least, it used to be. Like many venues across the world, Berlin’s leading techno club — a preserve of the patient and perseverant — was forced to close in March due to coronavirus restrictions, but the venue has since reopened as an arts space.
Reporting by Sarah Barrell

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Andy Robertson - Monday 23 November 2020

New Event

First acts confirmed for The Great Escape in Brighton 2021 

19th November 2020 (Brighton & Hove Independent). The event will come to Brighton from May 12-15 2021 with tickets on sale now. Acts include Arlo Parks, BERWYN, Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway, Pa Salieu, 220 Kid, Mae Muller and many more. A spokesman said: “The Great Escape festival 2021 will include hotly tipped break-out artists such as Arlo Parks, Holly Humberstone, BERWYN, Pa Salieu and AMA, as well as 220 KID, who made his Top 10 chart debut earlier this year, and Bree Runway, hot off her debut mixtape release featuring the Missy Elliot collaboration ATM.“
Reporting by Phil Hewitt 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 20 November 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Musicians In The UK Could Lose Two-Thirds Of Their Income For 2020 

18th November 2020 (Nova). According to a new report by UK Music, many musicians will lose two-thirds of their income as a result of Covid-19. With concerts and festivals put on hold during this pandemic, live music revenues are set to fall by 85% in 2020. UK Music’s Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has said the current pandemic has caused a “catastrophic blow” to the music industry, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk. Although, he said music was “an international success story in normal times” so, it is possible to thrive once again.
Reporting by Gary Delaney.

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 19 November 2020

Live music industry made record economic contribution in 2019 

18th November 2020 (Access All Areas). The live music sector enjoyed a record year in 2019, contributing £1.3 billion to the UK economy ­– up 17% on its £1.1bn contribution the previous year, according to UK Music’s Music By Numbers 2020 report. The £1.3bn GVA used in the organisation’s annual report does not include associated spend around events, such as the purchase of food and drink. The UK music industry campaigning and lobbying group’s annual report found that the live sector employed 34,000 people last year, up 11% from 30,529 in 2018. Exports also grew 8% to £86 million from £80m in 2018.
Reporting by Christopher Barrett.

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 18 November 2020

Just let us dance: how the government is killing music and nightlife 

16th November 2020 (The Article). Last week, Parliament debated the “Let Us Dance” petition, which has gained 145,526 signatures in the past couple of months.  It is a response to the complete closure of night clubs, events and festivals since the beginning of the first lockdown, and the fact that unlike theatres, cinemas and other cultural institutions, they have received very little governmental financial support. As a consequence, historical music venues across Britain are at risk of closure and thousands of people have lost work, without any reassurance they can go back one day.
Reporting by Agatha Johnson  

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 17 November 2020

How a COVID-19 vaccine could change Australia’s live music.  

13th November 2020 (The Music Network). Pharmaceutical firm Pfizer’s announcement this week about its coronavirus vaccine breakthrough saw the Australian live entertainment sector breathe a sigh of relief. The possible vaccine would see a combination of technology and science play a major role in our live music experience. There are still questions as to how long each booster shot will last, however another possible vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, has reported a similar immune response in both older and younger adults. Additionally, the Federal Government has announced its intent to purchase 84 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Reporting by Christie Eliezer 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 16 November 2020

No, Ticketmaster won't force you to have a Covid vaccine 

12th November 2020 (BBC News). Ticketmaster has denied reports that fans will be required to prove they've had a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test before attending concerts. The story arose from a report in Billboard magazine, which said the company wanted to use smartphones to verify fans were free of the disease. While Ticketmaster is exploring such an idea, it said there will be "absolutely no requirement" for mandated vaccines. "We are not forcing anyone to do anything," it said in a statement. The story followed the announcement by drug company Pfizer that it had developed a coronavirus vaccine which, in preliminary tests, was 90% effective.
Reporting by Mark Savage 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 13 November 2020

Future of UK music festivals to be discussed in parliament 

11th November 2020 (Isle of Wight County Press). MPs are looking into how UK music festivals can survive in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the majority of this year's events, resulting in revenues falling by 90%. An inquiry organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will appraise how best to support the future of festivals, with legal and social-distancing requirements continuing to affect large-scale events. Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, said: "The Isle of Wight is Britain’s festival island and the impact of Covid-19 on festivals and live events has been devastating.
Reporting by Dominic Kureen 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 12 November 2020

Live Nation planning return to ‘full scale’ shows by summer 2021  

10th November 2020 (Dancing Astronaut). Live Nation‘s CEO Michael Rapino has confirmed that the company is working on a series of measures that will allow for “full scale” shows by the summer of 2021. The goal is a “COVID secure” live music experience, which will include strict venue sanitation procedures in addition to fan-friendly policies on ticket purchases. Policies may also include presenting a negative COVID test to gain entry into festivals and shows—a potential solution that has long been discussed in regards to reviving large-scale events. The announcement comes after Live Nation posted a 95.1% drop in revenue, with the company’s net revenue totaling $184 million in the period from June to September.
Reporting by Farrell Sweeney 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 11 November 2020

#LetUsDance petition to be heard in parliament today 

9th November 2020 (DJ Mag). A #DearBoris virtual protest is also underway on social media, with 145,000 signatures and more than 5,000 letters now sent in support of the campaign. The UK's #LetUsDance petition is being heard in parliament today (Monday 9th November 2020) after the online campaign garnered more than 145,000 signatures. The initiative is designed to raise awareness about the need to provide more protection to Britain's nightlife industries as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and promote the importance of electronic music within the country's cultural landscape.
Reporting by Martin Guttridge-Hewitt 

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 10 November 2020

UK livestreaming platform Driift announces international expansion 

6th November 2020 (Complete Music Update). UK-based livestreaming company Driift has announced that it is expanding into Australia and New Zealand. Formally launched in August by Ric Salmon and Brian Message of ATC Management, the company has already put on ticketed livestream shows from artists including Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Biffy Clyro, Dermot Kennedy, Lianne La Havas and Sleaford Mods. This weekend it is set to host performances from Kylie Minogue and Niall Horan. Announcing the international expansion, Salmon says: “In what’s been a tough year, the growth of paid-for livestreaming has provided our industry with one of its few shoots of optimism.
Reporting by Andy Malt  

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Andy Robertson - Monday 9 November 2020

Events

Live Nation Reports Q3, YTD 2020 Earnings; Passes $1B Mark in Operating Losses  

5th November 2020 (Pollstar). Live Nation Entertainment reported its third quarter and year-to-date 2020 earnings Nov 5 and while there’s not a lot of good news to share, given the entire industry has been virtually closed since mid-March, not all of it was grim. The company reports it has reduced operational cash burn projected at $110 million per month on average for the last nine months, prior to any benefits generated by revenue from operations. Live Nation has total cash and equivalents of $2.6 billion, including $951 million of free cash. According to the report, The cash along with $963 million of available debt capacity gives LNE more than $1.9 billion in available liquidity.
Reporting by Deborah Speer 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 6 November 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Study in Germany Offers Hope for Concertgoers 

3rd November 2020 (NY Times). Findings from a test event with 1,200 attendees suggest that indoor concerts have a “low” impact on infection rates, providing they are well ventilated and follow hygiene protocols. Researchers in Germany may have some good news for frustrated concertgoers across the world whose activities have been constrained by the spread of the coronavirus. Analysis of an indoor concert staged by scientists in August suggests that the impact of such events on the spread of the coronavirus is “low to very low” as long as organizers ensure adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity, according to the German researchers who conducted the study.
Reporting by Isabella Kwai 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 5 November 2020

Virgin Money’s commitment to live music proves resilient to Covid-19 

3rd November 2020 (Access All Areas). At the back-end of 2019 Virgin Money carried out a strategic review of its sponsorship and partnerships activity that resulted in a major focus on live music. Covid-19 may have reduced the impact of its deals, this year, with The O2 and The SSE Hydro arenas but the brand’s determination to support the sector has certainly paid off. The company’s sponsorship of the first bespoke venue built to accommodate audience distancing, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, won worldwide media coverage.
Reporting by Christopher Barrett. 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 4 November 2020

Events

TEG MJR Set To Announce The Launch Of New Promotions Company TEG MJR Éire 

2nd November 2020 (Hot Press). Originating in Australia, the entertainment giant TEG joined forces with MJR in the UK to become one of the most active groups in global entertainment. Their new move into the Irish market will also allow them access to European audiences in the evolving post-Brexit scenario. TEG MJR will today announce the launch of a new Irish division. The company is regarded as one of the biggest players in the global entertainment market, with its UK arm alone promoting over 2,000 events a year. TEG MJR is owned by parent company TEG, which is based in Australia and operates a ticketing and technology business, alongside its activities as a concert and events promoter.

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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 3 November 2020

COVID-19 Updates

'Selfish' partygoers assault officers as police break up illegal rave attended by up to 700 people 

1st November 2020 (Sky News). Avon and Somerset Police have closed down the event near Bristol after what they called an "incredibly challenging operation". Police in South Gloucestershire have closed down an illegal rave at a warehouse near Bristol - attended by up to 700 people - describing it as an "incredibly challenging operation". The Avon and Somerset force said they was called to reports of an unlicensed music event in Millbrook Road, Yate, at around 10.35pm on Saturday, and that "several officers" were assaulted. Police arrived within 12 minutes of the call and found hundreds of people and a number of vehicles.
Reporting by Tania Snuggs 

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Andy Robertson - Monday 2 November 2020

Where are live music and events open around the world 

29th October 2020 (Access All Areas). With regulations changing frequently, it can be difficult to keep up with current rules around whether live music and events are permitted. Access has rounded up a selection of countries from around the world, and the current situation (as of 29 October) with regards to whether or not they can stage events.
France – As of 29 October, France is re-entering a national lockdown which will see all social gatherings banned. People will only be able to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. The government has announced €115m of funding to support cultural industries during the closure, with €55m specifically for live music. 
Reporting by Stuart Wood 

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Andy Robertson - Friday 30 October 2020

New Event

Dua Lipa sets 'multi-dimensional' virtual concert to stream live in November 

28th October 2020 (EW) Dua will drop some Future Nostalgia on us when she livestreams a warehouse performance called Studio 2054 next month. Dua Lipa has new (virtual) rules and she counts them. One: drop an album earlier than expected so that people have something to listen to in quarantine (even if it was released for other reasons). Check. Two: Make animated music videos when live-action shoots become too difficult. Check. Three: Now stage a virtual concert you can livestream after having to cancel in-person events due to the pandemic. Check that, too.
Reporting by Nick Romano 

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Andy Robertson - Thursday 29 October 2020

Greenwich's O2 Arena to reopen doors for live music event 

27th October 2020 (News Shopper). The O2 Arena has announced it will host its first live music event in more than eight months with a socially distanced set in December. The world renowned venue on the Greenwich Peninsula will host Squeeze, a local band hailing from south east London, on December 5 for its grand reopening. Organisers say the event is a "major step forward in getting the live event industry back up and running" after a long hiatus, and the band have said they are "thrilled" to be playing at hallowed ground. The gig is a socially distanced event, meaning seating configurations must be in line with one metre plus guidelines, plus new one way systems and stewards on hand to direct people to their seats. 
Reporting by Jamie Bennett-Ness 

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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 28 October 2020

COVID-19 Updates

UK learns to speak with one voice as industry campaigns join forces 

26th October 2020 (Conference and meetings world). The UK’s One Industry One Voice (OIOV) events industry campaign has launched web and socials with three more key campaigns aligning to boost the unique cross-industry mandate. OIOV is a coalition of events industry campaigns, associations and businesses, coming together in the UK to ensure strong alignment and more effective communication in fighting for awareness and financial support for the whole industry. Objectives include:
1. Coordination of campaign timings
2. Consistency of data and statistics to accurately reflect the industry numbers
3. Alignment on asks and communication to government
4. Amplification of key messaging and mutual support to promote each campaigns activities
Reporting by Martin Fullard 
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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 27 October 2020

        New Event

        McDonald's serves up online music event with Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and Jess Glynne 

        23rd October 2020 (Music Week).  McDonald’s has announced a weekend of live music from major UK acts on October 30 to November 1. The online music event I’m Lovin’ It Live features artists including Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Jess Glynne and Craig David. Michelle Graham-Clare, VP food and beverage, product development and marketing, said: “We know the new normal is tough on everyone. I’m Lovin’ it Live is our way of saying thank you to our people and to our customers for all their support this year. Hopefully, our week of good things and good times offers something for everyone from families looking for fun to music fans missing the gig scene”.
        Reporting by Andre Paine 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 26 October 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        NASS Festival set to receive £585,000 in funding from the Culture Recovery Fund 

        22nd October 2020 (In Your Area). A local music festival will reopen next year with support from the Government’s grant. NASS Festival set to receive £585,000 from the Arts Council and Department for Digital Culture, Music and Sport (DCMS) as part of the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This grant will provide vital support, allowing NASS festival organisers to take the careful steps towards reopening the event safely in 2021, after the festival was forced to postpone this year. Taking place in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, each year NASS welcomes 30,000 festival goers who attend to enjoy and explore the very best in music, street-art, skate and BMX, over four exhilarating days.
        Reporting by Olivia Scull.

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 23 October 2020

        170,000 UK live music jobs lost by end of 2020 

        21st October 2020 (IQ Mag). 'Things are becoming desperate': Over 26,000 full-time and 144,000 FTE jobs will cease to exist before year's end without government help, new research shows. More than 26,000 permanent jobs will be lost in the live music industry before the end of the year if government support is withdrawn, new research published today (21 October) reveals. In addition, 144,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) roles, including self-employed and freelance workers, will have effectively ceased to exist by the end of 2020, the new report, UK live music: At a cliff edge, shows. Revenue into the industry has been almost zero since March, with a fall of 81% in 2020 compared to 2019 – four times the national UK average, where reductions across industries run at around 20%

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 22 October 2020

        The streaming startups trying to save the music industry mid-pandemic. 

        19th October 2020 (The Guardian). From livestreaming platforms sharing their revenues with roadies, to immersive weekend-long gigs over high-end speakers, new music companies are innovating out of a crisis. Two decades ago, digital technology pulled the record business inside out, a shock from which it has only recently recovered. But in 2020 it is helping, at least partially, to remedy a live business obliterated by coronavirus cancellations. Early in the pandemic, the likes of Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook filled a gap with their livestreaming capabilities.
        Reporting by Eamonn Forde.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 21 October 2020

        ‘The Survival Tour’ raises over £30,000 for live music and events workers 

        19th October 2020 (NME). The cyclists completed their mammoth Newcastle-to-London charity ride on Sunday. The team behind #WeMakeEvents’ cycling ‘Survival Tour’ have raised over £30,000 so far for live music and events workers in the UK. The five main ‘Survival Tour’ cyclists, who are all live events professionals, completed their 15-day ride from Newcastle to London yesterday (October 18) to raise money for those who work in the live events industry, which has been blighted this year by the coronavirus pandemic.
        Reporting by Sam Moore 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 20 October 2020

        Live shows may NEVER return: Legendary music venue boss warns events industry faces catastrophe unless government acts 

        16th October 2020 (This is Money). A prominent businessman and owner of London's iconic music venue, Electric Brixton, has warned the live events industry is on the brink of collapse. Music venues, theatres and events companies have been out of operation since the nationwide lockdown was implemented in March this year, with no sign of restarting. Though small, socially distanced events such as comedy gigs with reduced audiences and restricted access have started to make a comeback, most live events are still stuck in limbo and are appealing for a lifeline from the Government. 
        Reporting by Jayna Rana. 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 19 October 2020

        New Event

        Kilimanjaro Live's Alan Day launches Action! Presents touring brand 

        15th October 2020 (Music Week). Kilimanjaro Live promoter Alan Day will head up new rock-oriented live promotion brand Action! The first tour announced under the banner is Bring Me The Horizon's five-date arena run, which kicks off at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in September 2021. We aim to build a social community around this brand. “During these trying times of quiet in the world of live music, we are all looking forward to a return to Action! and the full live music experience,” said Day. “From the record to the stage to the mosh pit to the lyrical content, the word Action! is pivotal to rock.
        Reporting by James Hanley 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 16 October 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Zoom launches paid-for live events with OnZoom 

        14th October 2020 (BBC News). Video calling app Zoom has announced a system to let people pay for live "online experiences". Called OnZoom, the new spin-off platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and art online events. Zoom said it had "added event discovery and monetisation features" for online versions of "traditionally in-person events". Tickets can be sold for events with up to 1,000 attendees. That puts it in a segment of the market between major live-streaming platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, and one-on-one calls. Joseph Evans, head of technology at Enders Analysis, says the decision comes as things that people used to think had to be done in person have been forcibly moved online during lockdown. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 15 October 2020

        Sponsors

        Asahi UK becomes official beer & cider partner for American Express presents BST Hyde Park 

        9th October 2020 (Sponsorship.org) As part of its long-term commitment to support the UK events industry, Asahi UK, the UK’s leading super premium beer and cider supplier, has confirmed a landmark six-year deal to become the official beer & cider partner for AEG’s leading European festival, American Express presents BST Hyde Park. The sponsorship of the festival – brokered by ESA member AEG Global Partnerships – will showcase Asahi’s premium portfolio. This reaffirms Asahi’s dedication to supporting the entertainment sector by planning and creating high quality consumer experiences.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 14 October 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        UK live music industry say workers are being “ignored” by Rishi Sunak’s new job support scheme 

        12th October 2020 (NME). "The chancellor’s most recent announcement gives no comfort to the skilled and talented workforce who face a desperate and bitter winter" Leading figures from the UK’s live music industry have said they have found little comfort in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new job support scheme, claiming that their sector feels “ignored” by both the plans and the government. Announced last Friday (October 9) and set to launch on November 1, the scheme will benefit employees who work for UK firms that are forced to shut by law due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
        Reporting by Sam Moore 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 13 October 2020

        From beats to eats: How nightclubs try to survive. 

        10th October 2020 (BBC News). A night out looks very different when compared to a few months ago.  The ten o'clock curfew, the 'rule of six', sound limits on noise and music and the no dancing rule make it all a different experience. So what are nightclubs doing to adapt and how does a night out feel? As soon as the lockdown was lifted, Birmingham club The Night Owl decided it would have to try and change the direction of its business. Gone are the times when club-goers would dance the night away on its sprung-wooden dance floor. Now, socially distanced tables are on the floor, food is served and there is no dancing - at least not much.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 12 October 2020

        UK Government "doing everything we can" to support the UK's live music industry. 

        8th October 2020 (DJ Mag). The UK Government is "doing everything we can" to support the UK's live music industry, the Digital and Culture Minister has said. Speaking in a debate at Westminster Hall earlier this week, the Digital and Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage, said that the government were "doing everything" they can, and that "the government stands with the culture sector" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We want to see full audiences return as soon as possible,"
        Reporting by Amy Fielding

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 9 October 2020

        2020 Electronic Dance Music Festival in Europe 

        7th October 2020 (One EDM).  The most popular electronic dance music festivals are in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom. However, there are many other places to experience electronic music like Australia, Canada and even Africa. So, it will be easier for you to find a good event in your location. If you are planning a European visit, you can do it by taking advantage of EDM Festivals and other electronic music festivals. You might think that such a large-scale show can only be found in Europe, but that is not true at all. A few shows in Canada are also very popular, as well as Australia and Africa. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 8 October 2020

        MPs to debate perilous state of UK music scene ‘indefinitely on hold’ 

        5th October 2020 (The Canary). MPs will highlight the plight of the UK’s coronavirus-ravaged music industry during a debate in Parliament. Conservative MP Nickie Aiken, whose Cities of London and Westminster constituency includes a host of music venues, has secured the debate on Tuesday. It comes as the industry steps up its calls for the Government to help the crippled sector. Industry body UK Music says the pandemic has wiped out at least £900 million of the £1.1 billion live music was expected to contribute to the economy in 2020. The pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on the UK’s live music scene, with London’s O2 arena among the venues forced to temporarily close (Ian West/PA).

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 7 October 2020

        The O2 to bring back concerts in December with just 4,700 seats instead of 20,000 

        5th October 2020 (Metro). The O2 arena have announced the iconic venue’s capacity has been slashed from 20,000 to just 4,700 as they plan to bring back concerts in December. Squeeze are set to play the first live music event at The O2 arena in more than eight months. The Up the Junction rockers will perform at the London venue on December 5, with strict social distancing measures in place but venue bosses say the new arrangement ‘is not a long term solution’.
        Reporting by Andrei Harmsworth 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 6 October 2020

        Music festivals plan for phased return in 2021 after Covid wipeout 

        4th October 2020 (The Guardian). In the UK and across Europe flexibility is key as organisers put safety precautions in place. Thermo scanners, interactive wristbands that vibrate to mark a lack of social distancing, and rapid on-site testing are all being considered by music festivals to ensure the 2021 season goes ahead despite the Covid-19 crisis. The 2020 season was decimated by the pandemic, which forced nearly all major European festivals to cancel or shift to virtual models that acted as stopgaps while the industry came to terms with coronavirus. 
        Reporting by Lanre Bakare 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 5 October 2020

        England's pubs and bars could face £1K fine for loud music and 'allowing dancing' 

        1st October 2020 (Resident Advisor). New Covid-19-related law go into effect this week that further hits hospitality and nightlife industries. New English coronavirus laws could hit hospitality and nightlife businesses with more potential fines. The new restrictions, which go further than last week's introduction of a 10 PM curfew, include placing an 85-decibel limit on music played in pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes or the businesses face a £1,000 fine. (Unlike Northern Ireland's new rules, this does not also apply to live music performances.).
        Reporting by Marissa Cetin 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 2 October 2020

        Industry rallies behind We Make Events in call for government to support live sector 

        30th September 2020 (Audio Media). Some of the biggest names in the live music and events industry have taken to social media to show their support for the We Make Events campaign, which is lobbying government for urgent financial support in light of the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The likes of Radiohead, Noel Gallagher, Nadine Shah and many others have tweeted their support for the campaign, which is today (September 30) holding a day of action raise awareness of the live industry’s plight.
        Reporting by Daniel Gumble 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 1 October 2020

        Eric Clapton joins Van Morrison’s Save Live Music campaign 

        29th September 2020 (The Sun). ROCK legend Eric Clapton is backing Van Morrison's Save Live Music campaign to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Wonderful Tonight singer, 75, hailed the Brown Eyed Girl vocalist an "inspiration" as he opened up on the "deeply upsetting" consequences of the global illness and its social distancing stipulations for the music industry. Currently in the UK, mass gatherings such as crowds at music gigs and sporting events are banned as the second phase of the airborne virus takes hold.
        Reporting by Beth Allcock 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 30 September 2020

        U.K. Music Makers Demand Sector-Specific Government Support for Workers 

        28th September 2020 (Variety). The U.K. Council of Music Makers (CMM) has called on the government for urgent, sector-specific support for individuals for an industry that is worth some £5.2 billion ($6.93 billion) to the economy. While lauding the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent measures to support the work force, “these measures do not go far enough for our industry,” the CMM said in an open letter to the government on Monday. The CMM is made up of the Featured Artists Coalition, Ivors Academy, Music Managers Forum
        Reporting by Naman Ramachandran 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 29 September 2020

        New job support plans 'leave nightclubs behind' 

        25th September 2020 (BBC News). DJs and nightclub staff say the government's new job support plans are leaving them and their industry behind. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined plans for employees in "viable" jobs - working at least a third of their normal hours - to benefit from a wage top-up scheme.  But those hours aren't there for club-workers, as many are shut or operating limited hours as bars amid Covid rules. "I'm genuinely scared for the future of our industry," DJ Ryan Arnold tells us. Ryan says it's unfair that the government isn't supporting people like him, who are being told they can't go back to work.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 28 September 2020

        New Event

        EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 Full Programme Announced for Live and Online Edition  

        24th September 2020 (Jazzwise). The capital’s biggest live music event returns in a hybrid edition bringing concerts in venues and livestreamed shows together for the first time. The organisers of the EFG London Jazz Festival have revealed the programme for this year’s very different festival which will be running live and online from 13 to 22 November with 110 shows, 25 specially created livestreams (so far), taking place in 30 venues around the capital. 
        Reporting by Mike Flynn 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 25 September 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Music venues can stay open past the 10pm curfew – as long as the show has already started 

        23rd September 2020 (NME) However, some venues warn this will have a huge negative impact. Music venues in England are able to stay open after the new 10pm curfew imposed by the government as part of the latest coronavirus restrictions, provided that the performance has already started. As part of new rules that could last up to six months, yesterday (22nd September 2020) it was announced that pubs and restaurants in the UK would have to be closed by 10pm in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.
        Reporting by Andrew Trendell 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 24 September 2020

        Third of British musicians may quit industry amid pandemic 

        22nd September 2020 (The Guardian) Musicians’ Union, whose survey also finds one-third of professional musicians can’t access emergency support, criticises DCMS and Treasury over ‘lack of understanding’ One-third of professional British musicians are considering giving up their careers amid the coronavirus pandemic. A survey of 2,000 members of the Musicians’ Union found that 34% “are considering abandoning the industry completely”, because of the financial difficulties they face during the pandemic, as performance opportunities are severely curtailed.
        Reporting by Ben Beaumont-Thomas 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 23 September 2020

        ‘Red alert' events campaign goes global 

        21 September 2020 (The caterer). A global campaign is calling on venues around the world to raise awareness of the threat to the events sector by lighting up in red on 30 September. Light It In Red is supporting We Make Events, which was created by industry bodies and professionals in the UK at the beginning of the pandemic. The group celebrated its first ‘red alert' on 11 August, which saw 700 theatres and music halls in the UK light up in red. The campaign is being run by a growing industry collective of trade bodies, businesses and freelancers across live music, comedy, theatre and the arts, affected by the shutdown.
        Reporting by Jennie Milsom. 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 22 September 2020

        Manchester Food and Drink Festival postpones 2020 event in Cathedral Gardens 

        18th September 2020 (Manchester Evening News) Organisers say they are 'deeply disappointed' but will come back stronger next year. Manchester Food and Drink Festival has pulled its plans to turn Cathedral Gardens into a food and drink hub next week, on public health advice. The annual festival was set to take over the city centre outdoor space with street food, live music, and an open-air market.  It was going to be the first major event to take place in Manchester since March, and had been given full council approval.
        Reporting by Daisy Jackson.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 21 September 2020

        U.K.’s First Socially Distanced Venue Shut Down Due to Lockdown Measures  

        18th September 2020 (Rolling Stone) “For the last six weeks, Newcastle has been the leading light for the live music industry and for that, we should all be very proud,” Virgin Money Unity Arena operators say. The U.K.’s Virgin Money Unity Arena, the first “dedicated socially distanced” venue, was forced to shut down after six weeks of hosting shows due to new Covid-19 restrictions in the Newcastle area.  “In light of the announcement that new local lockdown measures will be introduced in the North East, our upcoming weekend of shows can no longer go ahead,” the venue announced Thursday. 
        Reporting by Daniel Kreps

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 18 September 2020

        Austrian start-up launches world’s first DIY Covid-19 test for live events 

        16th September 2020 (NME). "Testing will be the only way within the next six-to-ten months to enable events" Austrian company testFRWD has launched the world’s first DIY test kit for the coronavirus, which it hopes will help get live events back up and running. For the test, users provide samples by gargling for 60 seconds rather than a standard nasal swab. The kit then combines with a smartphone app that allows users to receive their results within 24 hours. testFRWD has said it can process 80,000 tests per day, with 99 per cent accuracy.
        Reporting by Patrick Clarke.

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 17 September 2020

        UK’s First Purpose Built Social Distancing Festival Announces Closing Parties Line Ups 

        15th September 2020 (About Manchester). After a summer of incredible music and magical memories, the UK’s first-ever ‘socially-distanced’ outdoor festival, Gisburne Park Pop Up is closing with a bang with DJs Solardo and Sam Divine and legendary rocker, Steve Harley, headlining the final two weekends’ closing parties. Set within the idyllic Gisburne Park Estate, the festival – which originally launched in July and was due to close in August has been such a success they announced a 5-week extension into September with further plans in the pipeline for the autumn and winter months.
        Reporting by Alan Brown.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 16 September 2020

        New petition calls for UK government to extend furlough scheme for live music industry 

        14th September 2020 (Crack Mag). A new petition is asking the UK Government to help the live music and theatre industries. Hosted on the UK Government and Parliament site, the petition is calling for the furlough scheme to be extended. You can sign the petition here. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which allowed workers to be paid 80% of their wages up to £2500, is due to end on 31 October.
        Reporting by Vivian Yeung. 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 15 September 2020

        Boris’s rule of six could sound ‘death knell’ for live music sector warn experts 

        12th September 2020 (Daily Express). Groups of no more than six people will be allowed indoors or outdoors in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, but experts have warned the future of live music is in doubt. Millions of businesses were forced to shut their doors back in March as the UK went into a strict lockdown but there was a glimmer of hope as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced easing of restrictions. Earlier this week, Mr Johnson imposed new measures banning groups of more than six people in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
        Reporting by Steven Brown.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 14 September 2020

        Larmer Tree Festival - Salisbury - 2021 - Cancelled 

        9th September 2020. The rescheduled Larmer Tree Festival for 2021 has been cancelled with an announcement from the directors that states "Whilst we’re working on bringing Larmer Tree back in 2022, the financial ramifications of this prolonged period of inactivity sadly means unavoidable redundancies for the wonderful staff who make Larmer Tree happen for you all. Thank you for all your incredibly hard work over the years. Our hearts go out to all industry professionals affected by the Covid-19 crisis. We wish all those events happening in 2021 the best of luck and hope that we all have a better Summer next year. Sorry that we cannot make Larmer Tree part of that." 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 11 September 2020

        Camden’s Jazz Cafe Reopens for Socially Distanced Live Music Gigs 

        8th September 2020 (The Resident). The Jazz Cafe in Camden is set to reopen in September with gigs by Hackney Afrobeat veteran Dele Sosimi and an album launch from Light of The World. The Jazz Cafe, which has been closed for six months, will return with fully seated, small-scale socially distanced gigs that mirror the original layout of the club when it opened in Camden Town 30 years ago. Capacity will be down to 151 when the doors reopen on 18 September 2020 – the day before Soho’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s is due to reopen for live music gigs – with An Evening of Soul with The Sierra Band.
        Reporting by Victoria Purcell. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 10 September 2020

        Without government financial support, theatres and live events venues can no longer get commercial insurance. 

        8th September 2020 (Broadway World). Insurance Journal has reported that British theaters and live music venues will only be able to keep their doors open if the government provides financial support, as the global pandemic means they can no longer get commercial insurance. Theatres and concert venues in the UK have been staging socially-distanced events since August, however only a few have officially opened, with many citing insurance as one of the barriers; underwriters have been excluding COVID-19 from the cover they provide.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 9 September 2020

        Culture Secretary outlines plans to reintroduce live indoor events 

        7th September 2020 (Far Out Mag). Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has stated his plans for Operation Sleeping Beauty, an effort which is his plan to revive indoor live performances in time for Christmas. Theatres across the UK have been allowed to reopen—albeit with social distancing measures in place—which have made it almost impossible to make financially viable openings because of the reduced audience numbers. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Dowden said that he is now planning on getting things back up and running for Christmas, which will be a relief to everybody working in the world of live entertainment.
        Reporting by Joe Taysom.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 8 September 2020

        French gov rolls out €220m package for live sector. 

        4th September 2020 (IQ Mag) The funding is part of a €2bn culture recovery package and is followed by €100bn economy restart plan. In a bid to encourage event organisers to resume live entertainment, the French government has announced €220 million dedicated to the live sector. The funding is part of a wider €2bn culture recovery package, which was announced yesterday (3 September), and is followed by a €100bn campaign to restart the economy – France Relance (France Relaunch). As part of the €220m siphoned off for live shows, the music sector will receive €200m.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 7 September 2020

        New Event

        Newcastle to host more drive-in action with inflatable stage, mass party and midnight movie screenings 

        3rd September 2020 (Chronicle). The Parking Lot Social promises 'big, bold and brash' entertainment in Newcastle this September. There have been blockbuster movies, comedy and karaoke and now the latest drive-in experience heading to Newcastle is The Parking Lot Social. Following a summer series of drive-in cinema screenings in the city and in Durham, the latest event to offer some socially-distanced entertainment will be hosted over five days at the Kingston Park Stadium
        Reporting by Barbara Hodgson 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 4 September 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        2020’s Vale Earth Fair will go down as one of the only festivals to be held in Europe this summer 

        2nd September 2020 (Dazed) While this year’s Glastonbury has been cancelled in the UK (though it’s still apparently on track for 2021) and festivals such as Coachella and SXSW have suffered a similar fate in the US, the island of Guernsey has kicked coronavirus in time to hold its 44th annual Vale Earth Fair. Taking place last weekend, the 12-hour event was one of the only European festivals not to be shut down or postponed this year due to the pandemic.
        Reporting by Thom Waite 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 3 September 2020

        Scammers target UK music festivals forced online by coronavirus  

        1st September 2020 (The Guardian) Facebook phishing schemes charge fans to view events’ free live streams. Festivals across the UK have been hit by internet scammers this season, who are taking advantage of the fact most have been forced to go online-only because of coronavirus restrictions.  Facebook phishing scams with fake pages and events are charging individuals to view live streams – even though they are often free to view on official festival pages. Scammers have also been reported to create fake events and pages weeks before an official event takes place. Their aim is to redirect consumers to websites that illegally charge them for what should be a free service.
        Reporting by Rhi Storer 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 2 September 2020

        New Event

        Reading and Leeds Festival to have two main stages on each site in 2021 

        1st September 2020 (BBC News). Reading and Leeds Festival will be back next year with six headliners split across two main stages in each site. The event, which sees acts rotate between Reading and Leeds, had been due to happen last weekend but was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now 2021's headliners will be Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age. Up to 200,000 fans are expected at next year's events - from 27 to 29 August. The head of the event's promoters Festival Republic, Melvin Benn, said it was their "most epic plan yet". "Two main stages, six headliners, the best line up of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans are going to celebrate the best music," he added.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 1 September 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Police battle to shut down illegal raves as thousands attend one event in South Wales  

        30th August 2020 (Sky News). New rules came into force on Friday meaning people holding illegal gatherings could be fined £10,000. Police are trying to shut down illegal raves in South Wales and Norfolk after thousands travelled from across the UK to attend one event, despite new rules to crack down on mass gatherings. Up to 3,000 people attended the "totally unacceptable" event in the rural village of Banwen and officers are at the scene, South Wales Police said. It comes as police in Norfolk worked to shut down an all-night unlicensed music event in a forest attended by more than 500 people. New rules which came into force on Friday ahead of the bank holiday weekend mean organisers of illegal raves could be hit with £10,000 fines.  
        Reporting by David Mercer 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 31 August 2020

        Depressingly, Live Nation’s ‘Return To Live’ Concert Has Been Postponed As Germany Extends Its Moratorium On Major Public Events 

        27th August 2020 (Celebrity Access) Live Nation’s “Return To Live” concert, which was intended to herald the return of live music to major venues in Germany, has been canceled due to a rise in coronavirus cases the European nation. The concert, headlined by Bryan Adams along with The BossHoss, Sarah Connor, Rea Garvey and Joris was planned for Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf on Sept 4th, but has been pushed back to “late autumn.” In a statement, a spokesperson for the arena said that “despite a comprehensive health, hygiene and safety program, organizers felt compelled to cancel the event in view of the increasing number of infections and subsequent capacity restrictions that were imposed on the event.”
        Reporting by Ian Courtney 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 28 August 2020

        France axes social distancing for smaller events 

        26th August 2020 (IQ Mag). There is no longer a requirement to distance patrons at events with under 5,000 people in France, although mask wearing must be "continuous" Indoor concerts may now go ahead without social distancing providing there are fewer than 5,000 people in attendance, the French prime minister said today (26 August). Two days after announcing that large events (ie those with over 5,000 attendees) would continue to be banned until November, Jean Castex announced that masks are now mandatory in all indoor entertainment venues, such as theatres and cinemas – but that in most of France, the requirement for social distancing has been removed.

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 27 August 2020

        NTIA publishes return-to-live roadmap 

        25th August 2020 (IQ Mag). The UK's Night Time Industries Association has presented a science-backed reopening plan in a bid to save the sector. Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and operators from the UK’s night-time industry have presented the government with a science-backed reopening plan in an attempt to stop the sector from collapsing. Festival Republic and Music Venue Trust are among the organisations that have commissioned the report, supported by the Institute of Occupational Medicine, which examines the science behind Covid-19 and how to mitigate the spread of the virus. Key findings from the report include: the core market for clubs and venues are amongst the lowest at risk in the hospitality sector and that that overall capacity restrictions to 75% of legal building occupancy based on regulations will ensure distancing is possible throughout the venue. 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 26 August 2020

        Live music, but don’t have it loud? UK venues react to the latest performing arts guidance. 

        24th August 2020 (NME) Gigs are back (kind of)! The Government has issued guidelines to make gigs 'viable' – but what do grassroots music folk make of it all? The Government recently issued a new set of guidelines to help venues of all kinds bring back life performance – with new advice out there for theatres, concert-halls, and other live music venues. After months of being unable to safely put on gigs, it’s a welcome shuffle forward. Slowly, a few gigs are returning with caution: in recent weeks, Sam Fender has played a socially distanced arena show at the custom-built Virgin Money Unity Arena, and Frank Turner serenaded a seated crowd in south London.
        Reporting By El Hunt.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 25 August 2020

        Culture Recovery Fund saves 135 grassroots music venues with emergency grants 

        22nd August 2020 (Gov.uk) 135 at risk grassroots music venues have been saved by emergency funding as part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. £2.25m funding topped up by more than £1 million to help more venues in need of support to survive. Recipients of the fund include The Troubadour in London, where Adele and Ed Sheeran performed in the early days of their career, as well as The Jacaranda in Liverpool, where The Beatles played early rehearsals and one of their first gigs. Arts, film and culture organisations encouraged to get their bids in for a share of £880 million worth of grants through Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Grassroots music venues across England are the first recipients of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary has announced today. 

         

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 24 August 2020

        Music Venue Trust welcomes UK Governments decision to allow indoor performances, but warns much more must be done 

        20th August 2020 (RouteNote) After the UK Government eased lockdown rules on live shows in England, Music Venue Trust warns that only a small percentage of venues will be financially able to re-open. Venues were originally scheduled to re-open on the 1st August in the UK, however this was pushed back moments before as COVID-19 infections increased. Last week, the UK Government announced that indoor performances could restart in England providing venues enforce social distancing measures, limited capacities and masks.
        Reporting by Tom Newman 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 21 August 2020

        New Event

        The perfect storm: Inside the UK’s only live shows 

        19th August 2020 (IQ Mag) It’s taken four times more toilets and a space 15 times the normal size. Meet the team who pulled off the UK’s only working arena. Selling over 72,000 tickets for a concert series that began when live shows in the UK were – strictly speaking – not allowed, is no small undertaking. But then neither is building a new outdoor arena for shows at a time when strict social distancing rules are in place. “All the things that could have gone wrong would’ve gone wrong on the opening weekend but they didn’t,” says Jim Gee, a director at Manchester-based production company, Engine No.4. Gee and his team have spent the last few months working tirelessly on the launch of the UK’s only major summer concert series of 2020 at the country’s first socially distanced arena in Newcastle.

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 20 August 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        New 'Covid-19 barrier' face covering launched in bid to bring people back to live events 

        18th August 2020 (Music Week). A new Covid-19 barrier face covering is being launched in a bid to enable live events to operate with higher capacities. In a potential breakthrough for the industry, the face coverings are treated with Swiss-based HeiQ Viroblock technology, a "tested and proven" barrier said to significantly counteract airborne transmission of the virus. Colin Graham, founder of HeiQ's UK parner AnyBrand, said the development could provide a "silver bullet" for the live business, minimising the need for social distancing requirements at concerts and other entertainment events.
        Reporting by James Hanley.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 19 August 2020

        Dutch events sector joins Belgium’s Sound of Silence 

        17th August 2020 (IQ Mag) The Netherlands is also taking note from Germany's initiative Night of Live to draw attention to the country's struggling sector. The Dutch live business has announced it will participate in Belgium’s Sound of Silence campaign, which went viral at the beginning of August. The initiative saw swathes of Belgians denounce the government for the lack of support in the culture and events sector by changing their profile pictures to an orange “Sound of Silence” cross and tweet with the hashtag #SoundOfSilence. The campaign was launched on 10 August as the country’s newly formed Live Sector Consultation warned in an open letter that tens of millions of euros are needed to prevent the collapse of the €1bn Belgian live music industry.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 18 August 2020

        The Sun Sets on Marcato Festival Management Software. 

        18th August 2020 There is news today that Marcato Festival, the music festival management software company will cease trading in October 2020. Marcato is one of the mostly widely used festival management software platforms so this news is sure to affect numerous festival organisers. Marcato, a Canadian company, was acquired by Patron Technology in October 2018. Patron have been focusing on the ‘virtual’ event space this year and it’s not clear yet why Marcato will be closed. It is likely that the company is yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused the cancellation of almost all music festivals until 2021. Fortunately for Marcato customers there is still plenty of time to explore other festival specific software platforms like erm.....Festival Pro.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 18 August 2020

        New Event

        Ripley Castle to host live outdoor concerts 

        16th August 2020 (Harrogate News) North Yorkshire will be one of the few, if not the only, part of the country enjoying live outdoor concerts this summer. A new event, Sounds in the Grounds, will be bringing four popular and internationally-renowned bands to the grounds of two of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful stately home. Ripley has featured live music on numerous occasions. The Wanted, supported by Lawson, played to thousands in 2012. Since then they have had such acts as Jools Holland, Charlotte Church and The Last Night of the Proms. Due to covid-19 restrictions, planning for these events has been more challenging. Both venues will mark out squares for groups to picnic in and watch the shows. Also greater attention has been put to the movement of people into and away from the events.

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 17 August 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        London's music venues stay quiet as uncertainty reigns over return of indoor gigs. 

        13th August 2020 (London Evening Standard). London’s music scene looks set to stay quiet this weekend, as uncertainty reigns over whether indoor gigs will be allowed to take place from August 15. Restrictions on indoor concerts were set to be lifted on August 1, as long as audiences adhered to social distancing and venues maintained Covid-secure protocols. However, on July 31, the plan was postponed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, citing an increase in Covid-19 infections in England as a reason for the precaution.
        Reporting by Jochan Embley. 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 14 August 2020

        Standon Calling festival secures emergency funding 

        12th August 2020 (WHTimes). A popular Hertfordshire music festival is among the county’s first tourism and hospitality businesses hit by COVID-19 to successfully secure emergency funding. Four county businesses have secured funding from Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund aimed at providing support to those in the retail, tourism, hospitality and other related sectors most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Save Our Standon (Standon Calling Festival) is one of the organisations to be awarded money from the countywide scheme. The others are Wheathampstead’s Auriel Holidays, The Brewery Tap in Furneux Pelham, and Rickmansworth’s Creative Juices Brewing Company.
        Reporting by Alan Davies. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 13 August 2020

        New Event

        World's first socially-distanced gig: Singer Sam Fender will entertain up to 2,500 fans at Newcastle venue.

        11th August 2020 (Mailonline). Singer Sam Fender kicked off a series of socially-distanced gigs tonight when he performed for 2,500 people at a park in Newcastle. Fans in groups of up to five people are watching the show from separate viewing platforms at what the promoters say is the world's first socially-distanced concert. The 500 raised enclosures and metal pens at Gosforth Park are 6.5ft apart to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, and revellers are able to order food and drink. Fender's home-town concert marks the UK's first music event of its kind since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March.
        Reporting by Faith Ridler.

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 12 August 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Music and events industry workers are staging a huge march in Manchester tomorrow (11th August 2020) 

        10th August 2020 (Manchester Evening News). Thousands of music industry workers are expected to march through Manchester city centre tomorrow to throw support behind the #WeMakeEvents campaign. The campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the crisis facing the touring, festival and events sector, which is facing 114,000 job losses. The protest will pass some of the city's most iconic venues, many of which remain shuttered. Those taking part will include truck drivers, producers, engineers, tour managers, security staff and cleaners, as well as the raft of freelancers and self-employed people left penniless since March. They will push a fleet of flight cases - a common sight at festivals and concerts - through the streets from Manchester Academy.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 11 August 2020

        New Event

        Life’s a beach: Germany’s deck chair concert series sells fast. 

        7th August 2020 (IQ Magazine). Organisers of Strandkorb Open Air say they’ve sold more than 35,000 tickets for Germany’s open-air deck chair concert series. The 60-show series, which runs from July until October, has so far sold out 20 shows including VNV Nation, Philipp Poisel and Gentleman. In the first month of Strandkorb Open Air, Brings, Höhner, Markus Krebs, Kasalla, Pietro Lombardi, Martin Rütter and Michael Mittermeier all delivered sold-out events. “This summer, with more than 60 shows, we will ensure that this season is remembered,” SparkassenPark MD Michael Hilgers told MusikWoche. “We never expected that the concept would attract such a great response and demand, both from artists and from the audience, and we are proud that we can realistically target the sound limit of 50,000 concertgoers. We are very much expecting it that many more shows will be sold out at short notice.”

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 10 August 2020

        A new Drive-In festival is coming to the UK this month with nine live music concerts. 

        6th August 2020 (DevonLive) The festival is a selection of drive in concerts, with live music, food, drink and a film. The UK's first-announced live music Drive-In is coming to the country this month, with nine live music concerts over nine nights. Nightflix, a national drive-in cinema company, has revealed the dates for its August 2020 festival. The festival makes for the perfect social distancing event while the UK continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, and will be taking place at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire. The line-up is comprised of the UK's number one tribute acts, straddling multiple music genres, offering a little something for everyone. As well as a support DJ, each event will now also include a movie following the main performance, and tickets are priced from £39 per car plus a booking fee.
        Reporting by Sian Filcher

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 7 August 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Dutch Performing Arts Fund gives generously to festivals 

        5th August 2020 (IQ Mag) Eurosonic Noorderslag, Into the Great Open Wide, and Welcome to the Village receive grants from the Dutch government. The Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Podiumkunsten, FPK), a €62 million cultural fund provided by the Dutch government, has published decisions on multi-year grants between 2021 and 2024. Almost 60 festivals across the Netherlands will benefit from multi-year subsidies that include a contribution to programming costs and an organization contribution. The fund announced that the percentage of grants given to festivals is much higher than the other creative sectors that applied for subsidies, with almost all positively assessed festivals receiving a programming contribution. Eurosonic Noorderslaag has been granted €75,000 per edition between 2021 and 2024, while Into the Great Wide Open will receive €100,000 for each edition and Welcome to the Village, €50,000 per event. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 6 August 2020

        Match&Fuse compilations to help artists and the Vortex (7 Aug and 4 Sep) 

        4th August 2020 (London Jazz News). Remember Match&Fuse? Those pan-European tours and festivals of bands with a bit of an edge combining to do fresh and new things? They’re back. While live events – hot, vital, sometimes sweaty – happening in small clubs was what Match&Fuse was all about, the current crisis means their improv roadshow needs to head down a different path. The upshot is two compilations of live music recorded at the Match&Fuse festival and tours, with a percentage of each Bandcamp download purchase going to live music champions and M&F’s London venue of choice, the Vortex club. Match&Fuse’s last major event in the UK was their festival in London in 2016, though they subsequently held events in Dublin and Zürich as well as Japan.
        Reporting by Peter Bacon. 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 5 August 2020

        UK gears up for #LetTheMusicPlay round 2. 

        3rd August 2020 (IQ Magazine) The #LetTheMusicPlay campaign returns tomorrow, sending a message to government that Britain's live music industry is still in crisis. A month after round one helped spur the British government into action, the UK music industry will tomorrow (4 August) again unite for #LetTheMusicPlay, spotlighting the plight of live music during the Covid-19 shutdown. The first #LetTheMusicPlay (LTMP) campaign, which took place on Thursday 2 July, saw thousands of social media profiles – as well as several major music venues – transformed with LTMP branding, with more than 1,500 artists, including the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and the Rolling Stones, also lending their support. Of the campaign’s three main demands – a financial support package, a VAT exemption/reduction on ticket sales, and a timeline for reopening venues without social distancing – only the third remains unfulfilled, with the UK government having announced its £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and then slashed VAT to 5%, in the following weeks. 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 4 August 2020

        Boris Johnson Announces Delay in Return of Indoor Concerts to England 

        2nd August 2020 (Live for Live Music) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that indoor concerts will not return to England as early as anticipated. Indoor events, including movies and museum openings, were scheduled to return beginning on August 1st. This delay comes barely two weeks after Johnson announced that socially distanced, indoor events could resume on August 1st. That decision has now apparently been overturned by the U.K.’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, who warned that England has “reached the limits of opening up society.” In a press conference on Downing Street on Friday, Johnson stated that the return of indoor events will be pushed back at least two weeks. This comes in addition to the extension of face mask requirements past the previously-announced August 8th.
        Reporting by Michael Broerman

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 3 August 2020

        UK production pros launch Covid-19 working group 

        30th July 2020. (IQ Magazine). The PSA Tour Production Group (PSA TPG) brings together some of the industry's best-known event production professionals to launch Covid-19 working guidance. Professionals from across the UK concert touring sector have joined forces to launch the PSA Tour Production Group (PSA TPG), a new association that aims to provide a unified industry response to the impact of Covid-19 on live music events. The group is a new arm of the Production Services Association (PSA), the trade body for the live event production industry, and includes tour managers, production managers, safety professionals, venue and festival managers, travel and logistics specialists, promoters and suppliers.

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 31 July 2020

        New Event

        Outdoor music event to take place at Alexandra Palace in August 

        29th July 2020 (DJ Mag) An outdoor music event will take place at Alexandra Palace in August. Scheduled to take place on bank holiday weekend on the 30th August, the new event, UNLOCKED, will provide a socially-distanced festival experience for music fans. The daytime event will run from 2PM until 8PM, with an  AV set from DJ Yoda, as well as a performance from Norman Jay MBE, and more to be announced. Socially-distanced queues and hygiene rules will be implemented, with the venue allowing a maximum capacity of 60%. "The team behind the successful 2018 Kaleidoscope Festival are working with the local authority, emergency and transport services and relevant health and statutory bodies to plan the event and ensure it provides a safe and enjoyable environment for visitors.

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 30 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        AWAKE Croatia follows as planned with Paul Van Dyk and Aly & Fila on a first-class line up. 

        28th July 2020 (We Rave You). Trance and progressive festival Awake Croatia 2020 might be one of the very few live music events taking place this summer. The organisers have announced that the festival will be celebrated as planned and will take place on 20-23 August at the iconic Zrce Beach in the beautiful Croatian island of Pag. If this news weren’t enough, they have gone on announcing two major artists such as the legends Paul Van Dyk and Aly & Fila, who will join an already amazing and stacked line up.
        Reporting by Pol Torà 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 29 July 2020

        New Event

        Second wave of acts confirmed for UK's first socially distanced arena on Tyneside 

        27th July 2020 (ITV.com) 32Blues-folk icon Van Morrison, comedian Jimmy Carr and Boyzone star Ronan Keating are heading to the North East to perform at the Virgin Money Unity Arena on Tyneside this summer, it has been announced. The arena is the UK's first socially distanced outdoor music venue of its kind. There will be measures in place to ensure music and comedy fans are spaced out enough to adhere to government guidance on COVID-19 safety. Today's announcement also brings a further six acts to the AUGUST bill. Read More ->

        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 28 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        English music venues to receive £2.25 million in pandemic relief 

        27th July 2020 (Resident Advisor). Venues, including nightclubs with "a significant live music programme," are eligible for grants of up to £80,000. £2.25 million in emergency grants have been made available to English music venues. As part of the UK government's £1.57 billion cultural rescue package, venues can receive between £1,000 and £80,000 until September 2020. (Music venues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be eligible for their own pandemic initiatives.) The scheme includes nightclubs "that regularly host DJ and MC based events but also have a significant live music programme focusing on grassroots talent and original material." The UK nightlife community had been calling for more clarity on which venues were eligible for the government's rescue package, leading to the launch of the #LetUsDance campaign last week. 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 27 July 2020

        #LetUsDance: the UK dance music and events industry comes together to ask for urgent help from the UK government 

        23
        rd July 2020 (MusicRadar) “Without the dance there’s only the drab and the dark,” says Irvine Welsh. The UK dance music and events sector has come together today to issue an urgent plea for help from the UK government in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The #LetUsDance campaign says that dance music and events must be protected and recognised as an important part of the UK’s artistic and cultural landscape. The campaign is being backed by artists, festivals, nightclubs and industry figures, all of whom say that the dance music sector should receive the same level of support as the wider live music sector.
        Reporting by Ben Rogerson 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 24 July 2020

        COVID May Make Festivals Too Expensive for Most 

        22nd July 2020 (EDM Tunes) Music festivals–where would we be without them? Oh wait, we’re here…without them now. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic making the environment utterly useless for our beloved events, here is a look as to what its future might be like. Already, we see high ticket prices and high drink prices inside the venue. What happens to live events with a pandemic? Decreased capacity, stringent sanitation policies upon entry, remarkably even higher ticket and drink prices. Solution? Artists could play for less money to offset the costs, but that’s not happening.  
        Reporting by Nina Chiang 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 23 July 2020

        German coronavirus experiment enlists help of concertgoers 

        20th July 2020 (The Guardian) 4,000 music fans to attend gig as part of study into how virus spreads in large gatherings. German scientists are planning to equip 4,000 pop music fans with tracking gadgets and bottles of fluorescent disinfectant to get a clearer picture of how Covid-19 could be prevented from spreading at large indoor concerts. As cultural mass gatherings across the world remain on hold for the foreseeable future, researchers in eastern Germany are recruiting volunteers for a “coronavirus experiment” with the singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko, to be held at an indoor stadium in the city of Leipzig on 22 August.
        Reporting by Philip Oltermann  

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 July 2020

        New Event

        Live One-to-One Music Events Return To Kings Place London With Their Free Culture Clinics 

        20th July 2020. For the first time since lockdown began, Kings Place London will welcome audiences back to the venue to experience a unique day of live performance. The Kings Place Culture Clinics begin on Saturday 1 August and will offer a bespoke service of free live performances for those who have missed the tingle of live music and who are anxious about returning to a venue. Audiences are invited to step over the threshold of Kings Place again, share their personal lockdown story or mood with one of the guest artists who will prescribe a piece of music.

        Reporting by BWW News Desk  

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 21 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Boris Johnson signals return for some “socially distanced” live music events in August 

        18th July 2020 (NME) "We will restart indoor performances to a live audience subject to the success of pilots" Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled the return of some “socially distanced” live music events this August in a new press conference. Under the proposed plans, from August 1, socially distanced audiences are able to return for indoor performances in theatres, music halls and other venues. From October, Johnson said “audiences in stadia”, conferences and other events would also be able to restart, subject to successful pilots around the UK. The PM warned, however, “the timetable” was “conditional,” adding “we will not proceed if doing so risks a second peak.”
        Reporting By Elizabeth Aubrey 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 20 July 2020

        Exit and We Are FSTVL cancel postponed 2020 editions 

        15th July 2020 (CMU) Although some live music is returning across Europe as COVID-19 measures are relaxed in many countries, there remains much uncertainty as to what gigs and festivals – and what kinds of gigs and festivals – will be able to take place in the months ahead. One of the bigger European festivals that had hoped it could proceed with an albeit postponed 2020 edition – Exit in Serbia – has now confirmed its cancellation.

        Organisers of the East London dance music centric We Are FSTVL have said they are calling off their plans to stage a rescheduled edition of the event in September because current government guidance is “contradictory and unhelpful”. 

        Reporting by Chris Cooke 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 17 July 2020

        New Event

        Malta to host trio of festivals this summer 

        6th July 2020 (IQ Magazine). Music fans may get their chance to party in the Mediterranean sunshine this summer, as festivals are planned for the island of Malta in the coming weeks. The southern European island state of Malta is preparing to welcome festivalgoers over the next few months, as it gets set to become one of the only European countries to host large-scale music events this summer. With one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, Malta is lifting lockdown measures – including all international travel restrictions – on 15 July. It is one of 60 countries included in a list of “travel corridors” with the UK, meaning those travelling between the two countries will not need to self-isolate on arrival. Escape 2 the Island, organised by UK-based promoter Bass Jam, will see artists including Aitch, AJ Tracey, Fredo and Charlie Sloth perform at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), an indoor and outdoor events venue in the town of Attard, from 28 to 30 August.

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 16 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        UK festivals 2021: Line-ups confirmed for next summer, from TRNSMT to Creamfields 

        14th July 2020 (Evening Standard) Dreaming about the summer that might have been? Us too. The pandemic has made our hopes of hopping from festival to festival little more than a fantasy. But, all being well, things may return to something approaching normal next year. Across the UK, a number of major music festivals have committed themselves to a triumphant return in 2021, booking artists and releasing their planned line-ups. Here, we've rounded up the heavy-hitting festivals to have locked down dates for next summer. If you had tickets for a festival this year, then they will remain valid for 2021, too. If you don't have a ticket, then new ones are on sale now. 

        Reporting by Jochan Embley 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 15 July 2020

        UK government slashes VAT on concerts 

        9th July 2020. Another #LetTheMusicPlay objective fulfilled, as British chancellor Rishi Sunak announces a 15% reduction in value-added tax on live events until the end of the year. The British government has announced that value-added tax (VAT) levied on concert and event tickets will be reduced to 5% from next week. A cut in VAT was one of three main demands of last week’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, along with a financial support package and a timeline with reopening music venues without social distancing. Following the announcement of on Sunday of a £1.57 billion aid package for the cultural sector, only the call for a confirmed date for reopening remains unfulfilled. The VAT cut was announced 8th July by culture minister Oliver Dowden, following a ‘mini-budget’ that afternoon by chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. According to Dowden, the reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% will apply to concerts, theatre shows, exhibitions, circuses and other “attractions”. 

        Reporting by IQ Magazine 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 14 July 2020

        COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Analysis- Live Music Market 2020-2024  

        11th July 2020 AP News London (Business Wire). The increased popularity of live events to boost growth says Technavio who have been monitoring the live music market suggesting it is poised to grow by $10.66 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of 9% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Live Music Market 2020-2024. Technavio suggests three forecast scenarios (optimistic, probable, and pessimistic) considering the impact of COVID-19. You can request a free sample report on COVID-19 Impact 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 13 July 2020

        New Event

        Live Nation UK, MelodyVR Announce ‘Live From O2 Academy Brixton’ Virtual Reality Concert Series 

        9th July 2020 (Live for live music) Live Nations U.K. arm and MelodyVR will team up to produce a series of concerts with unprecedented virtual access to air from the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England. Confirmed by the two organizations on Wednesday, the Live From O2 Academy Brixton virtual reality series will feature new performances where fans tuning in from around the world will be able to select the various vantage points from which they watch from multiple spots inside the London venue, which includes being on stage with the artists during the set. Each streamed performance will be available to watch with 360° perspective and virtual reality on the MelodyVR app for anyone with a smartphone or an Oculus VR device in the U.K., United States, Canada, and other European countries. 

        Reporting by Tom Shackleford  

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 10 July 2020

        UK Festival Will Feature Beer Delivery and "Socially-Distanced Raving" This Weekend 

        9th July 2020 (edm.com) The Gisburne Park Pop-Up reimagines music festivals for the COVID-19 era. As most of the world's live music events continue to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the UK is joining the likes of Amsterdam by hosting its first socially distanced music festival called the Gisburne Park Pop-Up. The event will last eight weeks, from July 11th to August 30th, 2020, and will be hosted on the breathtaking Gisburne Park Estate in Lancashire. The 10-acre venue plans to welcome 24,000 guests over the duration of the event, all of who will be treated to a mix of music, entertainment, food, drink, and boutique glamping while observing the latest social distancing guidelines. Joining the groundbreaking event will be some of the UK's biggest names in dance music, including Jonas Blue, The Shapeshifters, and Sam Divine. They will be part of the festival's weekly "Party in the Park" experience, which also includes immersive movie nights and family-focused events. 

        Reporting by Katie Stone 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        UK’s Venues Respond to the ‘Light It In Red’ Campaign on 6th July 2020 

        8th July 2020. Hundreds of venues across the UK were lit up in red on Monday 6th July in response to the 'Light It In Red' campaign. The campaign is a mass appeal and a call for help to politicians to save the events industry. Companies from all across the events industry, as well as event locations, (event centres, convention centres, conference hotels, theatres, concert halls, playhouses and nightclubs) throughout the UK were invited to join together on the night of the 6th of July 2020. The participating venues lit their buildings in red in order to draw attention to the dramatic situation in the event industry to make a statement that can't be ignored. The campaign was launched by Backstage and Clearsound Productions. 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 8 July 2020

        UK pledges boost for the arts as it eyes socially distant performances 

        6th July 2020 LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will invest nearly $2 billion in the arts and hopes to allow outdoor and socially distanced performances at cultural venues as it tries to help a high-profile sector hit hard by the coronavirus. Spanning theatres in London’s West End, opera houses and ballet companies putting on big-budget performances to provincial venues up and down the country, the industry is a prominent British export and popular among tourists and locals alike. But it has been left without a live audience since lockdown measures were imposed in March while other sectors begin to reopen. “I want all our cultural institutions to return to normal,” minister Oliver Dowden told Sky News on Monday. “Very soon I hope we will be able to permit outdoor performances and then later over the summer be able to have socially distant performances.” The government said the 1.57 billion pound ($1.96 billion) investment was the biggest ever for Britain’s culture sector and one prominent concert venue director called it a life-saver. 

        Reporting by Costas Pitas, Alistair Smout and Ben Makori.

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 7 July 2020

        UK must be at Level 2 before events can run, says minister. 

        3rd July 2020 (Exhibition World). The UK events industry may need to wait until the Government’s Covid-19 alert level is dropped to Level 2 before live events can run, EW's UK sister title Conference News can reveal. In a letter seen by that magazine, Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry and minister of state for transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, responded to a constituent, saying that while the Government is keen to get the sector reopen “as quickly as possible”, the process would depend on the transmission rate of the virus, the ‘R’ value, falling further. It is the first time a UK government minister has suggested when events might be able to return. The events industry has been reporting to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), but it has been, so far, unable to indicate when a restart date for the sector will be announced. 

        Reporting by Martin Fullard 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 6 July 2020

        Stars back plea to support UK live music industry 

        2nd July 2020. (BBC News) Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa and Sir Paul McCartney are among 1,500 artists who have signed an open letter calling for support for the UK's live music scene. Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones and Coldplay also signed the letter to the culture secretary warning of the impact of Covid-19 on venues and musicians. It says the music industry faces "mass insolvencies", with gigs and festivals unlikely to return until 2021. The organisers said there had already been "hundreds of redundancies". 

        Job losses, across a range of connected professions, have been reported by venues, agencies and promoters, they said. 

        Reporting by Paul Glynn Entertainment & arts reporter 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 3 July 2020

        New Event

        Venues and Studios to Become Virtual Stages Across the United States 

        1st July 2020 (Campbell, CA – NewMediaWire). Friendable Announces Fan Pass “Official Launch Event” July 24, 2020 Featuring Artists, Producers and DJs Performing Live. Fan Pass will showcase its wide range of features and to show off the mobile and desktop Live Streaming capabilities. The Company’s launch event will feature a variety of artists from multiple genres of music and entertainment, all performing Live throughout the day on July 24, 2020. Additionally, Fan Pass has secured venues and studios to broadcast certain artists as well as others who will be performing from their home-based stages or venues from locations around the US. 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 2 July 2020

        LiveXLive’s React Presents Announces Its First-Ever Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) Virtual Experience, Presented By Corona Electric Beach Benefiting MusiCares 

        30th June 2020 CHICAGO (PRNewswire) React Presents, LLC, a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, Inc, a global platform for live stream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture, announced today that the Midwest’s largest all-electronic music festival, Spring Awakening Music Festival (“SAMF”), is going digital with a new virtual experience on July 4th and 5th, 2020 streaming on LiveXLive, in partnership with Corona Electric Beach benefiting MusiCares. React Presents also announced the festival’s lineup including Claude VonStroke, Bear Grillz, Krewella and Shiba San confirmed for the two-day event. 

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        Andy Robertson - Wednesday 1 July 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        London police to crackdown on illegal parties as officers attacked again 

        26th June 2020 LONDON (Reuters) - London police will crackdown on illegal street parties after officers came under attack for the second night running as they tried to disperse an unauthorised gathering, the capital’s police chief said on Friday. As Britain has begun to ease strict coronavirus lockdown rules, police have had to deal with a number of illegal parties and raves across the country with many people flouting guidelines that only groups of up to six can meet outdoors. “The events were unlawful and should not be happening,“ said London police chief Cressida Dick, warning: “We will come and close them down.” On Wednesday night, 22 officers were hurt and a number of patrol cars were vandalised when trouble broke out at an unauthorised music event in Brixton, south London.  Officers came under attack again on Thursday night from revellers throwing missiles in the Notting Hill area of west London, the scene of one of a number of unlicensed music events.

        Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Hold 

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        Andy Robertson - Tuesday 30 June 2020

        Events

        Beazley designs transmission cover for live virtual events 

        23rd June 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialist insurer Beazley has launched a contingency policy designed to cover event organisers if a transmission failure disrupts or cancels a virtual event. 

        Streaming live events is not new in itself, however with social distancing rules in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many major events have been either cancelled, postponed or moved online. 

        Beazley’s virtual events transmission policy supports organisers whose success relies on technology platforms providing seamless transmission or broadcast to their audiences. If an event is cancelled due to transmission failure, the policy covers first-party losses including organisational costs, expenses, or gross revenue from advertising and ticket sales. 

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        Andy Robertson - Monday 29 June 2020

        Ticketing

        U.K. Competition Regulator Launches ‘In-depth’ Investigation Into Viagogo StubHub Merger 

        25th June 2020 (Billboard) - Viagogo’s $4 billion acquisition of StubHub faces further scrutiny after the U.K.’s competition watchdog opened an “in-depth investigation” into the merger. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced on Thursday (June 25) that Viagogo has failed to address its concerns that the merger could result in a substantial lessening of competition, leading to music fans paying more for tickets. As a result, the regulator has launched a "Phase 2" inquiry into the deal before deciding what, if any action, should be taken. Phase 2 investigations by the CMA are conducted by an independent panel and can last up to 24 weeks  

        (Reporting by Richard Smirke) 

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        Andy Robertson - Friday 26 June 2020

        COVID-19 Updates

        Coachella music festival unlikely to take place in 2020 - Billboard 

        10th June 2020 (Reuters) - The Coachella music festival in the Southern California desert is unlikely to take place this year, entertainment news website Billboard reported on Wednesday. The move comes as Anschutz Entertainment Group, the parent company of the music festival's organizer Goldenvoice, is laying off 15% of the workforce Goldenvoice did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Earlier in March, Goldenvoice said the music festival had been postponed for six months until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

        (Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru) 

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        Andy Robertson - Thursday 25 June 2020