23rd July 2020 (MusicRadar) “Without the dance there’s only the drab and the dark,” says Irvine Welsh. The UK dance music and events sector has come together today to issue an urgent plea for help from the UK government in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The #LetUsDance campaign says that dance music and events must be protected and recognised as an important part of the UK’s artistic and cultural landscape. The campaign is being backed by artists, festivals, nightclubs and industry figures, all of whom say that the dance music sector should receive the same level of support as the wider live music sector.
Andy Robertson - Thursday 23 July 2020
22nd July 2020 (EDM Tunes) Music festivals–where would we be without them? Oh wait, we’re here…without them now. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic making the environment utterly useless for our beloved events, here is a look as to what its future might be like. Already, we see high ticket prices and high drink prices inside the venue. What happens to live events with a pandemic? Decreased capacity, stringent sanitation policies upon entry, remarkably even higher ticket and drink prices. Solution? Artists could play for less money to offset the costs, but that’s not happening.
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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 22 July 2020
20th July 2020. For the first time since lockdown began, Kings Place London will welcome audiences back to the venue to experience a unique day of live performance. The Kings Place Culture Clinics begin on Saturday 1 August and will offer a bespoke service of free live performances for those who have missed the tingle of live music and who are anxious about returning to a venue. Audiences are invited to step over the threshold of Kings Place again, share their personal lockdown story or mood with one of the guest artists who will prescribe a piece of music.
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Andy Robertson - Monday 20 July 2020
18th July 2020 (NME) "We will restart indoor performances to a live audience subject to the success of pilots" Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled the return of some “socially distanced” live music events this August in a new press conference. Under the proposed plans, from August 1, socially distanced audiences are able to return for indoor performances in theatres, music halls and other venues. From October, Johnson said “audiences in stadia”, conferences and other events would also be able to restart, subject to successful pilots around the UK. The PM warned, however, “the timetable” was “conditional,” adding “we will not proceed if doing so risks a second peak.”
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Andy Robertson - Sunday 19 July 2020
15th July 2020 (CMU) Although some live music is returning across Europe as COVID-19 measures are relaxed in many countries, there remains much uncertainty as to what gigs and festivals – and what kinds of gigs and festivals – will be able to take place in the months ahead. One of the bigger European festivals that had hoped it could proceed with an albeit postponed 2020 edition – Exit in Serbia – has now confirmed its cancellation.
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Andy Robertson - Thursday 16 July 2020
6th July 2020 (IQ Magazine). Music fans may get their chance to party in the Mediterranean sunshine this summer, as festivals are planned for the island of Malta in the coming weeks. The southern European island state of Malta is preparing to welcome festivalgoers over the next few months, as it gets set to become one of the only European countries to host large-scale music events this summer. With one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, Malta is lifting lockdown measures – including all international travel restrictions – on 15 July. It is one of 60 countries included in a list of “travel corridors” with the UK, meaning those travelling between the two countries will not need to self-isolate on arrival. Escape 2 the Island, organised by UK-based promoter Bass Jam, will see artists including Aitch, AJ Tracey, Fredo and Charlie Sloth perform at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), an indoor and outdoor events venue in the town of Attard, from 28 to 30 August.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 15 July 2020
14th July 2020 (Evening Standard) Dreaming about the summer that might have been? Us too. The pandemic has made our hopes of hopping from festival to festival little more than a fantasy. But, all being well, things may return to something approaching normal next year. Across the UK, a number of major music festivals have committed themselves to a triumphant return in 2021, booking artists and releasing their planned line-ups. Here, we've rounded up the heavy-hitting festivals to have locked down dates for next summer. If you had tickets for a festival this year, then they will remain valid for 2021, too. If you don't have a ticket, then new ones are on sale now.
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Andy Robertson - Tuesday 14 July 2020
9th July 2020. Another #LetTheMusicPlay objective fulfilled, as British chancellor Rishi Sunak announces a 15% reduction in value-added tax on live events until the end of the year. The British government has announced that value-added tax (VAT) levied on concert and event tickets will be reduced to 5% from next week. A cut in VAT was one of three main demands of last week’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, along with a financial support package and a timeline with reopening music venues without social distancing. Following the announcement of on Sunday of a £1.57 billion aid package for the cultural sector, only the call for a confirmed date for reopening remains unfulfilled. The VAT cut was announced 8th July by culture minister Oliver Dowden, following a ‘mini-budget’ that afternoon by chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. According to Dowden, the reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% will apply to concerts, theatre shows, exhibitions, circuses and other “attractions”.
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Andy Robertson - Monday 13 July 2020
9th July 2020 (Live for live music) Live Nation‘s U.K. arm and MelodyVR will team up to produce a series of concerts with unprecedented virtual access to air from the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England. Confirmed by the two organizations on Wednesday, the Live From O2 Academy Brixton virtual reality series will feature new performances where fans tuning in from around the world will be able to select the various vantage points from which they watch from multiple spots inside the London venue, which includes being on stage with the artists during the set. Each streamed performance will be available to watch with 360° perspective and virtual reality on the MelodyVR app for anyone with a smartphone or an Oculus VR device in the U.K., United States, Canada, and other European countries.
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Andy Robertson - Thursday 9 July 2020
9th July 2020 (edm.com) The Gisburne Park Pop-Up reimagines music festivals for the COVID-19 era. As most of the world's live music events continue to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the UK is joining the likes of Amsterdam by hosting its first socially distanced music festival called the Gisburne Park Pop-Up. The event will last eight weeks, from July 11th to August 30th, 2020, and will be hosted on the breathtaking Gisburne Park Estate in Lancashire. The 10-acre venue plans to welcome 24,000 guests over the duration of the event, all of who will be treated to a mix of music, entertainment, food, drink, and boutique glamping while observing the latest social distancing guidelines. Joining the groundbreaking event will be some of the UK's biggest names in dance music, including Jonas Blue, The Shapeshifters, and Sam Divine. They will be part of the festival's weekly "Party in the Park" experience, which also includes immersive movie nights and family-focused events.
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Andy Robertson - Wednesday 8 July 2020
8th July 2020. Hundreds of venues across the UK were lit up in red on Monday 6th July in response to the 'Light It In Red' campaign. The campaign is a mass appeal and a call for help to politicians to save the events industry. Companies from all across the events industry, as well as event locations, (event centres, convention centres, conference hotels, theatres, concert halls, playhouses and nightclubs) throughout the UK were invited to join together on the night of the 6th of July 2020. The participating venues lit their buildings in red in order to draw attention to the dramatic situation in the event industry to make a statement that can't be ignored. The campaign was launched by Backstage and Clearsound Productions.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 7 July 2020
3rd July 2020 (Exhibition World). The UK events industry may need to wait until the Government’s Covid-19 alert level is dropped to Level 2 before live events can run, EW's UK sister title Conference News can reveal. In a letter seen by that magazine, Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry and minister of state for transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, responded to a constituent, saying that while the Government is keen to get the sector reopen “as quickly as possible”, the process would depend on the transmission rate of the virus, the ‘R’ value, falling further. It is the first time a UK government minister has suggested when events might be able to return. The events industry has been reporting to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), but it has been, so far, unable to indicate when a restart date for the sector will be announced.
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Andy Robertson - Sunday 5 July 2020
30th June 2020 CHICAGO (PRNewswire) React Presents, LLC, a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, Inc, a global platform for live stream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture, announced today that the Midwest’s largest all-electronic music festival, Spring Awakening Music Festival (“SAMF”), is going digital with a new virtual experience on July 4th and 5th, 2020 streaming on LiveXLive, in partnership with Corona Electric Beach benefiting MusiCares. React Presents also announced the festival’s lineup including Claude VonStroke, Bear Grillz, Krewella and Shiba San confirmed for the two-day event.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 30 June 2020
5th May 2020. After the organisers of the rock festival announced the cancellation of their 2020 event they have successfully arranged a crowdfunding exercise and raised £90k to keep the festival going next year. ArcTanGent is now scheduled for 19th – 21st August 2021 and tickets will automatically be rolled over. The organisers have only confirmed Opeth in their line up for 2021, this year’s event was also to have included Amenra, TesserAct, Ihsahn. This Will Destroy You, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi and Earthstone.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Monday 22 June 2020
21st April 2020. The organisers announced a while back the cancellation of their 2020 event, tickets will roll over to next year's event now scheduled for 1st – 5th July 2021, although they offered a refund at the time of the announcement you only had 4 days to apply for it. The organisers never did confirm the lineup for 2020 and there is no news about 2021. Last year's event did feature the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Dermot Kennedy and Maggie RogersRead More ->
Andy Robertson - Sunday 21 June 2020
18th March 2020. The organisers of the Rhythm and Blues, Roots and Country music festival announced a few months ago that the festival will proceed this year in September after the original May dates were cancelled, all tickets will be automatically rolled over to the new dates. The confirmed headline acts include: Richard Hawley, Asleep at the Wheel, North Mississippi Allstarts, Luther Dickinson, Chuck Prophet, The Sheepdogs, Tommy Mclain and Nicole AtkinsRead More ->
Andy Robertson - Thursday 18 June 2020
21st March 2020. The organisers of the long standing Celtic themed festival announced several months ago that they still planned to hold their festival this year. The dates are confirmed as 10th – 13th September 2020. Tickets are still valid for the new dates or customers can transfer to 2021, there was no mention of refunds. The headliners for September have been confirmed as: Afro Celt Sound System, Kel Assouf, Shooglenifty, Pump DJs, The Poozies, Moishe’s Bagel, Cut Capers, The Inexplicables and Mungo’s HiFi.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 17 June 2020
30th April 2020. The organisers of one of Europe’s largest music festivals announced cancellation of their 2020 event, all tickets sold will automatically be valid for next year’s event although no dates have been been confirmed yet. Ticket holders can also opt for a refund too. The organisers have yet to confirm the lineup for 2021, this year’s event was to headline Stormzy, The Strokes, Major Lazer, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, Khalid, Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Mark Ronson, FKA Twigs, Foals, Foster the People and Diplo.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 16 June 2020
12th May 2020. The organisers announced cancellation of their 2020 event, all ticket holders have the choice of either rolling over to next year’s event now scheduled for the August Bank Holiday Weekend 2021, or opting for a refund. The organisers have yet to confirm the lineup for 2021, this year’s event was to headline Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Race Against the Machine, Courteeners, Gerry Cinnamon and MigosRead More ->
Andy Robertson - Monday 15 June 2020
11th June 2020. The organisers of the popular LGBT annual event have announced that the physical festival will be replaced by an online virtual event. The Price Cymru Big Week will now run online only between 24th – 30th August 2020. No mention yet regarding tickets or the lineup that previously included Charlotte Church and writer Rod Thomas aka Bright Light and top flight tribute acts including Lady Gaga, Cher and Whitney Houston.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Sunday 14 June 2020
14th May 2020. The organisers announced cancellation of their 2020 event, all tickets will be automatically rolled over next year’s event now scheduled for 15th – 18th July 2021. For ticket holders who are unable to make next year’s event refunds are also available. The organisers have yet to confirm the lineup for 2021, this year’s event was to headline Mura Masa, The Wailers, Craig Charles, Wilkinson, David Rodigan and Nightmares on Wax.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Thursday 11 June 2020
4th May 2020. The organisers announced cancellation of their 2020 event, all tickets will be automatically rolled over next year’s event now scheduled for 22nd – 25th July 2021. The organisers have confirmed that most of their line up for 2020 will appear in 2021 including Andy C, Sister Sledge, Gentleman's Dub Club, Submotion Orchestra, Calyx & Teebee, Ibibio Sound Machine, Break. Dirty Dike w/ DJ Sammy B-Side, Mungo’s Hi Fi Ft. Gardna, Stanton Warriors, Kingdom (Rodney P, TY, Black Twang), Tankus The Henge and the Dutty Moonshine Big Band.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 10 June 2020
26th May 2020. The organisers announced cancellation of their 2020 event, as an independent and non-commercially focused event the organisers have appealed to ticket holder to roll over to 2021 and to donate £30 each to keep the festival viable. They have confirmed dates for next year’s event as 26th – 29th August 2021. Despite the event being sold out the lineup for 2020 was never announced and there has been no further news on any confirmed artists for 2021 either.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 9 June 2020
9th April 2020. The organisers were one of the first to announce cancellation of their 2020 event, after a successful crowdfunding exercise they have confirmed dates for next year’s event as 27th – 30th August 2021. They are now selling tickets for 2021 and the lineup will include: Bill Bailey, Steeleye Stan, Kate Rusby, Show Of Hands, This is the Kit, Gruff Rhys, Grace Petrie and Talisk.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Monday 8 June 2020
27th March 2020. The long-standing festival will not take place in 2020 and currently no date for 2021 has been announced. The organisers said they will be in touch with ticket holders to offer options of a refund or reallocation to 2021. The lineup for 2020 was to have included: Cat Stevens, Yusuf, Seasick Steve, Passenger, Suzanne Vega, Show of Hands, Lankum, Martha Wainwright, and Fatoumata Diawara.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Sunday 7 June 2020
17th April 2020. The Fairport Convention country festival has been cancelled for 2020 and the organisers are rolling tickets over to next year’s event, now scheduled for 12th – 14th August 2021. Refunds can also be requested by those that cannot make it in 2021. The lineup for 2021 has been confirmed as the same for the cancelled event and includes The Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson and of course Fairport Convention.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Thursday 4 June 2020
29th May 2020. This popular summer festival has been cancelled for 2020 and the organisers have given ticket holders a choice of either rolling over to next year’s event, now scheduled for 12th – 15th August 2021 or, an option for a full refund, but you have to decide and confirm your choice by 12th June 2020. The lineup for 2021 has not yet been confirmed but this year’s event was to headline Seasick Steve, Razorlight, New Model Army, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ash, Stereo MC’s and the Sugarhill Gang.
Andy Robertson - Wednesday 3 June 2020
24th April 2020. The Levellers’ independent family festival has been cancelled. Tickets will automatically roll over to next year’s event now scheduled for 20th – 22nd August 2021. Ticket holders can also apply for a refund. The lineup for 2020 was to include Travis, Flogging Molly, Levellers, Gary Numan, New Model Army, Imelda May, Hawkwind, Indigo Girls and Deadzone.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Tuesday 2 June 2020
24th April 2020. The Scottish Highland festival has been cancelled for 2020 and the organisers will automatically transfer tickets to next year’s event now scheduled for 29th – 31st July 2021. Ticket holders can also apply for a refund if they are unable to make the 2021 date. The lineup for 2021 has not yet been confirmed but this year’s event was to headline Nile Rogers and Chic, Emeli Sande, Passenger, Shed Seven, Stiff Little Fingers, Tide Lines and The Magic Numbers.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Monday 1 June 2020
29th May 2020. The popular European dance music festival Exit will go ahead in 2020 with a revised date of 13th – 16th August 2020. Ticket sales will commence again from 1st June 2020 and the organisers have stated that Serbian borders will be open with no restrictions in time for the festival. The final lineup has not yet been confirmed but should include Fat Boy Slim, Marky Ramone, Kosheen and David Guetta.Read More ->
Andy Robertson - Sunday 31 May 2020