MPs on the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) Choose Committee are set to look at methods to safeguard the way forward for UK music festivals following a particularly powerful yr for the sector on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 festival season was shelved due to the health crisis, with main festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Wireless all cancelling their scheduled occasions this yr.
The DCMS Committee have now launched an inquiry into the survival of UK music festivals sooner or later, with the Committee noting that pageant cancellations have resulted in revenues being down by 90% in 2020.
The Committee say that their inquiry will “contemplate UK Authorities coverage to help music festivals because of happen in 2021 within the face of fast pressures, and contemplate the financial and cultural contribution that music festivals make to the UK”.
The inquiry may also look into the potential of festivals resuming subsequent yr if they’re COVID-19 safe “and adjust to all related laws” — nevertheless, “social distancing necessities will decide the monetary and logistical viability of an occasion”.
Questions may also be requested about how festivalgoers will reply to a socially distanced pageant expertise, whereas analyzing how the “uncertainty of the general public well being scenario and authorized necessities” subsequent summer season will current an extra danger for pageant organisers.
Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis on the NME Awards 2020 (Image: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Pictures)
Festivals bosses are already planning their occasions for 2021, with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis suggesting final month that “massive testing arrangements” could be in place at his Worthy Farm festival if it is ready to go forward as deliberate subsequent summer season.
Speaking to NME back in September, Studying & Leeds boss Melvin Benn maintained that “everybody can be examined” for coronavirus at subsequent yr’s festivals.
“We don’t want a vaccination as a result of we are able to work by way of the issue with a very good testing regime. We’ll have the ability to do that by subsequent yr,” he mentioned.
“If there’s a vaccine, there can be enough for the previous and the susceptible. Younger folks can resist it. The federal government know that now. In March and April, they didn’t know that. Everyone was shit-scared and that’s inevitable, however as we’ve realized extra, we all know the sturdy and wholesome are in a position to survive it.”
DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP mentioned in an announcement that “the collapse of the colourful music pageant sector this yr is an actual trigger for concern”.
“Nearly all of festivals have been cancelled with the cash they generate down by 90% and actual dangers surrounding their future viability,” he mentioned.
Leeds Competition 2019 (Image: Katja Ogrin/Redferns)
“We now have so many legendary festivals which have given the UK a worldwide popularity – it might be devastating in the event that they have been unable to return again with a bang, or if smaller festivals that underpin the expertise pipeline disappear fully. We need to hear from pageant employees as they face enormous pressures, followers who’ve missed out, in addition to musicians on the contribution that festivals make to our tradition and economic system.
“It’s essential that help to allow music festivals to go forward in 2021 and past is put in place. We’ll be assessing what’s been accomplished to date and what extra must be accomplished to safeguard the way forward for festivals.”
MPs may also contemplate “the affect on communities, ticketholders and suppliers from the potential collapse of pageant companies, in addition to the appreciable freelance workforce affected by cancellations”. The helpful affect of music festivals to native economies may also be taken into consideration.
The DCMS Committee is inviting written submissions for the inquiry, which must be submitted by December 9. Yow will discover out extra details about that and the DCMS Committee on music festivals here.
Earlier this week, the CEO of live performance big Reside Nation mentioned that the company expects to overcome the obstacles posed by coronavirus subsequent summer season so as to host “full scale” reveals.