UK music festivals call for help to survive until summer amid coronavirus

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Britain’s music festivals may have to begin pulling the plug on occasions for the second yr in succession if they don’t get authorities assist to give them the arrogance to guide acts and contractors, the trade stated on Tuesday.

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, chief govt at music trade commerce physique UK Music, stated occasion organisers wanted a date for when dwell music might resume and likewise for the federal government to again an insurance coverage coverage in case the pandemic brought on new cancellations.

Ranging from Glastonbury, the world’s largest greenfield pageant, to occasions devoted to opera, people, rock and every part in between, dwell music contributed 1.three billion kilos ($1.eight billion) straight to the British economic system in 2019, UK Music stated.

Njoku-Goodwin stated it might sound unusual to speak about saving the summer in January as infections spiralled and England went into a brand new nationwide lockdown.

“But actually summer is meant to be the moment where our country is going to bounce back from this pandemic,” he informed Reuters. “The music industry can play a huge role in that post-pandemic recovery.”

“So we are asking for an indicative date from government saying when we can restart again safely as an industry, but also asking for an insurance scheme from government underwritten by government that will help insure events, so that if they are cancelled there’ll be some sort of compensation,” he stated.

RACE AGAINST TIME

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis informed the BBC final month the pageant was doing every part it might but it surely was “still quite a long way” from being assured 2021 would go forward.

She tweeted on Monday: “There’s no news this end yet, we haven’t cancelled. Will let you know right here as soon as we have an update.”

Njoko-Goodwin stated it was a race towards time: “We have a matter of weeks in which we can actually convince major events to hold off cancelling.”

In a press release, Britain’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport stated it was “working flat out” to assist the dwell occasions sector.

“Our 1.57 billion pound Culture Recovery Fund has already seen more than 1 billion pounds offered to arts, heritage and performance organisations to support them through the impact of the pandemic, protecting tens of thousands of creative jobs across the UK…,” a spokeswoman stated.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified. )

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