“It’s excellent news that music events can now go ahead in England from 19th July,” said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor, whilst UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said “our industry has worked incredibly hard to make venues and festival sites as safe as possible and reduce the transmission risk at live events. Huge credit is due to countless people across the sector for the brilliant work they have done towards this.” Second that and then some. Surely the trade body most pleased with the long-awaited move is the Music Venue Trust, who have campaigned relentlessly for their grassroots members, pointing out the hypocrisy of so many governmental decisions and saving dozens of venues with their demands for support and fundraising.
Modelling at the start of the crisis showed 83% of grassroots venues were at risk but the circuit will emerge from the pandemic having lost less than 1% of its venues: compare that to the pubs sector or retail and it looks little short of a miracle. The government’s abdication of responsibility when it comes to measures such as the wearing of masks means most music venues will have to ask for audience cooperation, rather than being able to make such measures mandatory. Fingers crossed the sector is able to reopen safely – check out the National Lottery's "Revive Live" Tour for big acts at small venues. Via Audio Media International