19th November 2020 (Brighton & Hove Independent). The event will come to Brighton from May 12-15 2021 with tickets on sale now. Acts include Arlo Parks, BERWYN, Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway, Pa Salieu, 220 Kid, Mae Muller and many more. A spokesman said: “The Great Escape festival 2021 will include hotly tipped break-out artists such as Arlo Parks, Holly Humberstone, BERWYN, Pa Salieu and AMA, as well as 220 KID, who made his Top 10 chart debut earlier this year, and Bree Runway, hot off her debut mixtape release featuring the Missy Elliot collaboration ATM.“
Andy Robertson - Friday 20 November 2020
18th November 2020 (Nova). According to a new report by UK Music, many musicians will lose two-thirds of their income as a result of Covid-19. With concerts and festivals put on hold during this pandemic, live music revenues are set to fall by 85% in 2020. UK Music’s Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has said the current pandemic has caused a “catastrophic blow” to the music industry, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk. Although, he said music was “an international success story in normal times” so, it is possible to thrive once again.
Andy Robertson - Thursday 19 November 2020
18th November 2020 (Access All Areas). The live music sector enjoyed a record year in 2019, contributing £1.3 billion to the UK economy – up 17% on its £1.1bn contribution the previous year, according to UK Music’s Music By Numbers 2020 report. The £1.3bn GVA used in the organisation’s annual report does not include associated spend around events, such as the purchase of food and drink. The UK music industry campaigning and lobbying group’s annual report found that the live sector employed 34,000 people last year, up 11% from 30,529 in 2018. Exports also grew 8% to £86 million from £80m in 2018.
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 18 November 2020
16th November 2020 (The Article). Last week, Parliament debated the “Let Us Dance” petition, which has gained 145,526 signatures in the past couple of months. It is a response to the complete closure of night clubs, events and festivals since the beginning of the first lockdown, and the fact that unlike theatres, cinemas and other cultural institutions, they have received very little governmental financial support. As a consequence, historical music venues across Britain are at risk of closure and thousands of people have lost work, without any reassurance they can go back one day.
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 17 November 2020
13th November 2020 (The Music Network). Pharmaceutical firm Pfizer’s announcement this week about its coronavirus vaccine breakthrough saw the Australian live entertainment sector breathe a sigh of relief. The possible vaccine would see a combination of technology and science play a major role in our live music experience. There are still questions as to how long each booster shot will last, however another possible vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, has reported a similar immune response in both older and younger adults. Additionally, the Federal Government has announced its intent to purchase 84 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Andy Robertson - Monday 16 November 2020
11th November 2020 (Isle of Wight County Press). MPs are looking into how UK music festivals can survive in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the majority of this year's events, resulting in revenues falling by 90%. An inquiry organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will appraise how best to support the future of festivals, with legal and social-distancing requirements continuing to affect large-scale events. Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, said: "The Isle of Wight is Britain’s festival island and the impact of Covid-19 on festivals and live events has been devastating.
Andy Robertson - Thursday 12 November 2020
10th November 2020 (Dancing Astronaut). Live Nation‘s CEO Michael Rapino has confirmed that the company is working on a series of measures that will allow for “full scale” shows by the summer of 2021. The goal is a “COVID secure” live music experience, which will include strict venue sanitation procedures in addition to fan-friendly policies on ticket purchases. Policies may also include presenting a negative COVID test to gain entry into festivals and shows—a potential solution that has long been discussed in regards to reviving large-scale events. The announcement comes after Live Nation posted a 95.1% drop in revenue, with the company’s net revenue totaling $184 million in the period from June to September.
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 11 November 2020
9th November 2020 (DJ Mag). A #DearBoris virtual protest is also underway on social media, with 145,000 signatures and more than 5,000 letters now sent in support of the campaign. The UK's #LetUsDance petition is being heard in parliament today (Monday 9th November 2020) after the online campaign garnered more than 145,000 signatures. The initiative is designed to raise awareness about the need to provide more protection to Britain's nightlife industries as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and promote the importance of electronic music within the country's cultural landscape.
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 10 November 2020
6th November 2020 (Complete Music Update). UK-based livestreaming company Driift has announced that it is expanding into Australia and New Zealand. Formally launched in August by Ric Salmon and Brian Message of ATC Management, the company has already put on ticketed livestream shows from artists including Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Biffy Clyro, Dermot Kennedy, Lianne La Havas and Sleaford Mods. This weekend it is set to host performances from Kylie Minogue and Niall Horan. Announcing the international expansion, Salmon says: “In what’s been a tough year, the growth of paid-for livestreaming has provided our industry with one of its few shoots of optimism.
Andy Robertson - Monday 9 November 2020
5th November 2020 (Pollstar). Live Nation Entertainment reported its third quarter and year-to-date 2020 earnings Nov 5 and while there’s not a lot of good news to share, given the entire industry has been virtually closed since mid-March, not all of it was grim. The company reports it has reduced operational cash burn projected at $110 million per month on average for the last nine months, prior to any benefits generated by revenue from operations. Live Nation has total cash and equivalents of $2.6 billion, including $951 million of free cash. According to the report, The cash along with $963 million of available debt capacity gives LNE more than $1.9 billion in available liquidity.
Andy Robertson - Friday 6 November 2020
3rd November 2020 (Access All Areas). At the back-end of 2019 Virgin Money carried out a strategic review of its sponsorship and partnerships activity that resulted in a major focus on live music. Covid-19 may have reduced the impact of its deals, this year, with The O2 and The SSE Hydro arenas but the brand’s determination to support the sector has certainly paid off. The company’s sponsorship of the first bespoke venue built to accommodate audience distancing, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, won worldwide media coverage.
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 4 November 2020
2nd November 2020 (Hot Press). Originating in Australia, the entertainment giant TEG joined forces with MJR in the UK to become one of the most active groups in global entertainment. Their new move into the Irish market will also allow them access to European audiences in the evolving post-Brexit scenario. TEG MJR will today announce the launch of a new Irish division. The company is regarded as one of the biggest players in the global entertainment market, with its UK arm alone promoting over 2,000 events a year. TEG MJR is owned by parent company TEG, which is based in Australia and operates a ticketing and technology business, alongside its activities as a concert and events promoter.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 3 November 2020
29th October 2020 (Access All Areas). With regulations changing frequently, it can be difficult to keep up with current rules around whether live music and events are permitted. Access has rounded up a selection of countries from around the world, and the current situation (as of 29 October) with regards to whether or not they can stage events.
Andy Robertson - Friday 30 October 2020
28th October 2020 (EW) Dua will drop some Future Nostalgia on us when she livestreams a warehouse performance called Studio 2054 next month. Dua Lipa has new (virtual) rules and she counts them. One: drop an album earlier than expected so that people have something to listen to in quarantine (even if it was released for other reasons). Check. Two: Make animated music videos when live-action shoots become too difficult. Check. Three: Now stage a virtual concert you can livestream after having to cancel in-person events due to the pandemic. Check that, too.
Andy Robertson - Thursday 29 October 2020
27th October 2020 (News Shopper). The O2 Arena has announced it will host its first live music event in more than eight months with a socially distanced set in December. The world renowned venue on the Greenwich Peninsula will host Squeeze, a local band hailing from south east London, on December 5 for its grand reopening. Organisers say the event is a "major step forward in getting the live event industry back up and running" after a long hiatus, and the band have said they are "thrilled" to be playing at hallowed ground. The gig is a socially distanced event, meaning seating configurations must be in line with one metre plus guidelines, plus new one way systems and stewards on hand to direct people to their seats.
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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 28 October 2020
26th October 2020 (Conference and meetings world). The UK’s One Industry One Voice (OIOV) events industry campaign has launched web and socials with three more key campaigns aligning to boost the unique cross-industry mandate. OIOV is a coalition of events industry campaigns, associations and businesses, coming together in the UK to ensure strong alignment and more effective communication in fighting for awareness and financial support for the whole industry. Objectives include:
2. Consistency of data and statistics to accurately reflect the industry numbers
3. Alignment on asks and communication to government
4. Amplification of key messaging and mutual support to promote each campaigns activities
Reporting by Martin Fullard