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,...
March 29, 2021
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...
March 15, 2021
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...
February 23, 2021
‘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...
February 12, 2021
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...
February 4, 2021
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...
January 28, 2021
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...
January 27, 2021
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...
January 22, 2021
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...
January 13, 2021
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...
January 11, 2021
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...
January 8, 2021
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...
January 6, 2021