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Barcelona gig had 5,000 fans with masks but no distancing

Aware that some countries that have Covid-19 under control already have concerts and festivals up and running, we’re trying not to generalise about live music. However, for those countries still awaiting a musical reopening,...
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Ian Brown protests after Spotify removes anti-lockdown track

It’s been an awkward few months if you’re a Stone Roses fan who thinks lockdown is necessary, wants to get vaccinated, and doesn’t believe the Covid-19 pandemic is one big plot by The Authorities. Because...
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UK government reveals lockdown-easing roadmap including events

Yesterday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a roadmap to “cautiously ease lockdown restrictions”, including some clarity around the potential return of live music events. Performances in indoor...
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‘Wellness in Music’ survey explores Covid-19’s impact

We all know that musicians are suffering on several levels from the Covid-19 pandemic, from the loss of a big chunk of their livelihoods in touring (plus the knock-on effects for merchandise sales) to the lockdown strains...
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Todd Rundgren sets off on a geo-fenced virtual tour of the US

During the ‘live and livestreaming’ track at last week’s NY:LON Connect conference, one of the recurring points was the idea of geo-fencing virtual tours, with shows focusing on fans in a specific city or...
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Facebook and Apple revenues booming despite Covid-19 pandemic

Facebook and Apple both announced their latest quarterly financial results yesterday, with strong growth in revenues despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Facebook’s Q4 revenues were up by 33% year-on-year to $28.07bn, helping...
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Rebuilding Europe study stresses creative industries’ importance

As music and other creative industries continue to lobby for support from governments and policymakers to get through the Covid-19 pandemic, figures showing their importance to the wider economy are crucial. Expect to hear...
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UK’s Glastonbury festival cancelled for second year running

The organisers of the UK’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury, have announced that this year’s event will be cancelled due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven...
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The 1975 cancel all their scheduled concerts for 2021

Remember the days, in March last year, when concerts and festivals were being postponed to the autumn? Those were optimistic times. Live music is coming back in a number of countries that have Covid-19 under control, but...
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Primavera-funded study explores Covid-safe concert measures

A study commissioned by Spanish festival Primavera Sound has offered some pointers to the kind of safety measures that could be used at concerts when they start to return later this year. A gig at an indoors venue for 463...
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Despite early Covid-19 hit, US streaming grew by 17% in 2020

In the early weeks of Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, there were concerns about whether a noticeable dip in the number of music streams would turn into a longer-term trend. Would people working from home turn to other...
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UK Music sets its sights on summer for live music’s return

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...