Over 5,000 live shows risk cancellation if June 21 reopening deadline pushed back

The date of lifting the lockdown has been doubted amid the rise in the cases of the Indian coronavirus version.

More than 5,000 live shows are at risk of cancellation if the UK’s June 21 reopening deadline is delayed.

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Doubts have been raised on the date of lifting the lockdown as the government has insisted on caution amid the rise in the number of cases of the Indian (delta) coronavirus variant.

New research published today (10 June) by LIVE, a live music organization set up to tackle the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, has shown that even a four-week delay in the government’s roadmap could cost the live music sector more than £500 million. With the festive season of summer at risk of total collapse.


There is a risk of cancellation or postponement of gigs from Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental, Olly Murs, Tom Odell and others, which would incur immediate costs across the live music supply chain and further damage an already fragile industry.

“The government has said it wants to protect the home unlock at all costs, but delaying the roadmap leaves us in limbo – unable to go ahead with plans and enjoy our summer at home, at large-scale events.” is forced to leave what the public is looking forward to after a year of cancellation,” said Live CEO Greg Permley.

Findings from the government’s Events Research Program, which has been helped by pilot scheme events such as the BRIT Awards, concerts and raves in Liverpool, have been widely shown to show that with screening, better ventilation and other mitigation factors, mass events are just as safe. can be. Like a trip to the supermarket.

The live music sector is now calling on the government to publish this data in full so that it is able to follow its own science, and allow the live events sector to adapt to the “new normal”, where it Be able to take precautions to allow events to happen safely as the risk of coronavirus is reduced.

Blossom’s Tom Ogden performs at a non-socially distanced outdoor live concert on May 2, 2021 in Liverpool. credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

“From our own evidence from the Events Research Programme, as we saw in both Britt and Liverpool, large-scale events can happen safely with the right precautions in place,” Parmley continued.


“The government must now follow its own science if it is to avoid the decline of the UK’s world-leading live music industry, which completely misses another summer of events canceled after a year-long pause. does not make.”

A press release from LIVE said: “The live music sector is ready to restart, having invested time, money and resources in the necessary precautions to make events safe. As soon as the government gives the green signal, The venues and festivals are well equipped to be held at a safe and high standard.

“Any delay in the June 21 reopening date will have significant and immediate ramifications, with 248 grassroots music venues facing an immediate threat of eviction without a comprehensive response from the government, which will be delayed. The reopening fully addresses their financial loss.”

“In the event of any delay in reopening, government action must be swift, decisive and comprehensive to restore confidence in the sector,” said Mark David, CEO of Music Venue Trust. “Any decision to delay places the region at its most dangerous and precarious position since April 2020. Whatever has been done by government, the public, artist and communities to save our places is being undone. is.”

The UK summer festival season will also see significant casualties, with 65 per cent of all AIF member festivals saying they will be forced to cancel if faced with a five-week delay – and 21 per cent already gone Huh.

The delay in the live music industry, which supports 210,000 full-time equivalent roles, as well as more than 90,000 freelancers, will impact hundreds of thousands of livelihoods, according to a live press release.

This “would hit a ripple across the industry – grassroots venues would no longer be able to host early talent, communities would miss out on local events, concerts and tours up and down the country would be halted, and many festival organizers would not be able to host them.” For the time being, the much-awaited British summer will be called off for a second year.”

Meanwhile, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has vowed to challenge the UK government if the remaining coronavirus restrictions are not lifted on the provisional date of 21 June.

The NTIA has said it will take legal action if night-time economy venues – many of which have been closed for more than 15 months – do not reopen on June 21.

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