UK and European Comission disagree over who’s to blame for Brexit music woes
While musicians in the UK and Europe fret about the Brexit deal’s impact on touring, the British government and European Commission are arguing about who’s fault it is. “We sought a mutually beneficial agreement...
January 14, 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
UK music industry enraged by post-Brexit touring revelation
“Immigration arrangements for members of the armed forces, musicians and other performers are completely unchanged, and those routes will operate as they do now,” said the UK’s home secretary Priti Patel...
January 11, 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
US stimulus deal agreed including Save Our Stages Act
2020 may have been a shocker of a year for the live music industry in the US, but it’s closing with some good news. After lengthy wrangling, a second stimulus deal was agreed this weekend, with final votes expected...
December 21, 2020
Pollstar says global live market lost $30bn this year
Live entertainment publication Pollstar is describing 2020 as the year that will “forever have a huge, indelible asterisk beside it… an anomaly, an aberration, a pox on our businesses, one that deviated widely...
December 14, 2020
Impala makes recommendations for Covid-19 second wave
European independent body Impala has published its latest recommendations to help the music industry bounce back from Covid-19 and the live-music lockdown. “With a certain level of support fatigue setting in, Impala...
November 30, 2020
Swallow Events launches rapid Covid-19 test for events
We’re still gauging what the testing or vaccine-certification processes will be for concerts in various parts of the world next year, as the live music industry tries to get back on its feet in countries where lockdowns...
November 27, 2020
US music bodies lobby Congress for more Covid-19 relief
A group of US music industry bodies are lobbying Congress for more relief amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and its effect on live music specifically. “The live music business – once a sign of a thriving community...
November 25, 2020
Ticketmaster won’t set entry policies for post-vaccine concerts
Yesterday we reported on Ticketmaster's work on concerts safety for 2021, including fans proving that they've either been vaccinated against Covid-19, or have tested negative within the 72 hours before an event. Now the...
November 13, 2020
Concerns mount about Euro tours for UK artists as Brexit looms
British artists haven’t been thinking about touring Europe this year, with Covid-19 having put paid to live music across the continent. But as hopes rise that a vaccine could bring concerts back in 2021, the British...
November 12, 2020