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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

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

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

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

New Event

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

COVID-19 Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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