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5 REASONS WHY THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP FUCKING ABOUT WITH OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY

In a world where we’re (hopefully) beginning to become free of the restrictions we’ve experienced over the past 18 months, there’s one thing on all music fan’s minds.  What’s going on with live music?

After watching festival hopes pass us by and deadlines be pushed back, you’d like to think the government wouldn’t mess about restraining live music past July 19th. After all, they’ve never shown a lack of care for it before, have they?

Here’s 5 reasons why we think live music should be going ahead in a few weeks (and why the government should stop fucking stuff up).

  1. The vaccine rollout continues

Of course, safety in a covid world is the first thought on everyone’s mind. However, the vaccine rollout has been underway for a long time. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, which 53.6% of UK adults at present have, there’s not much more you can do. There’s definitely a way to conduct live music in a safe way.  Even if it meant getting a negative covid test before being allowed in, I’m sure people would be more than compliant if it meant getting into a gig or a festival.

  1. If football’s coming home, why isn’t the music?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been enjoying watching England do surprisingly well at the Euros. Yet the competition also comes with the news that 60,000 fans will be allowed to attend both the semi-finals and the finals at Wembley before restrictions are lifted. How can you justify this many England fans holding hands and belting ‘God Save the Queen’, but live music can’t go ahead? It doesn’t make sense to me.

3. For the artists!

It’s easy to just talk about how we want to go and watch live music, but we also need to remember how much artists need it. Think about how many new and upcoming musicians that we may have missed out on because they couldn’t play live. It’s time to give them their chance and let them show off their work.

According to the music organisation LIVE, the delay of June 21st reportedly resulted in the cancellation of over 5,000 events across the UK alone, just think how many we have lost since the start. Let’s not forgot all the supports, technicians, managers, venue staff, and anyone else involved in the live music business. After everything people have put up with, they certainly deserve a break.



4. Government support would be nice.

It would be fair to say that support from the government towards the creative arts has been, to put it plainly, lackluster. We have seen it be pushed aside time and time again. It is no different for live music, and one of the main reasons we are seeing festivals cancelled is that they weren’t provided with covid insurance (unlike those in other European countries).

This is despite the fact that, out of 60,000 people that attended the many mass trial events that took place in May, it was reported that only 15 people tested positive for coronavirus (which was in line with broader population statistics anyway). Surely this data justifies the backing of open-air festivals and smaller indoor events? It’s time Boris recognises that enough is enough, and appreciates the importance of the UK music industry.

5. People need music!

This is probably the most obvious reason of all. We are absolutely desperate for some live music. It’s been a long, long time since we got to feel the buzz that courses through the atmosphere at a gig. Just think how amazing it will be if we can finally get back to it and all share that experience. You’d be interested to know that there are actual health benefits of live music too! A 2016 study in the journal of Public Health found that live music is extremely effective at lowering levels of stress hormones. You can’t really argue against it. We’ve all had enough stress recently, and could definitely use a breather.

We’d be absolutely gutted if things got pushed back again. So, let’s cross our fingers and toes for July 19th, and hope the government finally stop fucking things up.