Stars back plea to support UK live music industry

Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa and Sir Paul McCartney are among 1,500 artists who have signed an open letter calling for support for the UK’s live music scene.

Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones and Coldplay also signed the letter to the culture secretary warning of the impact of Covid-19 on venues and musicians.

It says the music industry faces “mass insolvencies”, with gigs and festivals unlikely to return until 2021.

The organisers said there had already been “hundreds of redundancies”.

Job losses have been reported across venues, agencies and promoters, they said.

‘Future looks bleak’

The letter to Oliver Dowden reads: “With no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.”

It calls for a “clear, conditional timeline” for reopening venues without social distancing, as well as financial support and a VAT exemption on ticket sales.

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