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UK Music sets its sights on summer for live music’s return


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We’ll be avoiding generalisations about Covid-19 and live music this year: in countries whose governments have dealt with the epidemic decisively and effectively, concerts are already coming back. In others… that’s not the case. Talking of which: UK Music has published a report targeting this summer for the restarting of the UK’s live music industry.

Accompanied by a #SaveOurSummer2021 hashtag campaign, the report sets out how the UK’s live industry can prepare itself for a Covid-safe return, but also its expectations from the government to support that.

“Government is rolling out the vaccine and is openly speculating about returning to normal by the spring – but there is a serious risk that even if this proves to be a reality, lack of notice and available insurance options will mean much of the 2021 summer music season can’t go ahead,” said chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin. “In this report, UK Music is putting forward a clear plan for recovery: what we need to do to get the live performance sector back up on its feet again in 2021. But the clock is ticking, and any day soon we could see major festivals and events start pulling the plug for lack of certainty.”

Stuart Dredge

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