Entertainment Covid: Legendary British live music scene is looking for its voice

14:50  29 october  2020
14:50  29 october  2020 Source:   de.euronews.com

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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.

  Covid: Legendäre britische Livemusik-Szene sucht ihre Stimme © Victoria smith CLASSIC

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"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. "


The pop-punk band "The Undertones" had to cancel concerts, a loss of about an annual turnover.

Damian O'Neill, guitarist "The Undertones":

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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.

Victoria Smith, see below

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