The ERP was the scheme to test a handful of Covid-safe live events, from music to snooker, and to learn from the findings. The problem is that with the UK’s end-of-lockdown recently extended, the government has (unsurprisingly) not published the results. Today the live music industry body LIVE and a range of theatre businesses, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Harrison and Sonia Friedman, have commenced legal proceedings against the Government to force it to hand over the report of Phase 1 of the ERP. 

Stuart Galbraith, music promoter and Co-Founder of LIVE said: “The live music industry has been very willing to work with Government for the last year to show that our industry can operate safely. But it is intolerable that after running pilot shows for the Government’s Events Research Programme, at our own cost, we have been blocked from seeing the results, leaving the whole sector in limbo with the real chance that the entire summer could collapse for the second year running." Fingers crossed for a speedy resolution. Via LIVE