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Great Britain's famous live music scene is in the Corona crisis. Artists, their fans and the venues are faced with unprecedented challenges.CLASSIC
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Russell Watson, Tenor:
"I admit and everyone knows it as well as I do - these are dark days. But we need either some kind of support mechanism or something like a government policy to give us a target of when and how we start again. "POP, PUNK
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"The other thing is when venues can open, but with a social distance. That means the entrance fees decrease. Then the bands may have to be satisfied with less income."
Before COVID-19, the UK live music industry had annual sales of more than a billion euros and tourists left millions.
The decimation of the industry turned freelance musicians into protesters in Birmingham and London - they have lost and can do much of their income not playing anywhere.
Live broadcasters, large and small, have simply closed so as not to endanger anyone.
Victoria Smith, Euronews:
“The legendary Roundhouse in London-Camden had them all live, from the Rolling Stones to Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse More than 3,000 people can squeeze into standing here - and almost 2,000 sitting down. But right now the venue is closed and the music is off. "
In July the government passed an emergency package of more than 1.7 billion euros to support British culture. It was welcomed, but the cash injection for live music places only covered a fraction of the funds required.
industry insiders believe they need to find other survival strategies.
Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust:
“We could find ways for a lot of people to enjoy live events with a limited audience, others could be there via online streams. Maybe artists give more shows than before. “
words of hope in the fight for survival - the music should win.
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