MPs on the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) Choose Committee are set to listen to from the organisers of Parklife and Boomtown on the probabilities of efficiently planning and holding a music competition in 2021.
‘The future of UK music festivals’ inquiry begins tomorrow (January 5) and was first introduced again in November following a devastating year for the music festival sector in the UK because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Parklife co-founder Sacha Lord, who can be the Evening-Time Financial system Adviser for Better Manchester, and Boomtown’s Communications and Technique Director Anna Wade will each converse throughout tomorrow’s opening listening to, which can happen remotely as a result of pandemic.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin (CEO, UK Music), Paul Reed (CEO, Affiliation of Unbiased Festivals) and Steve Heap (Basic Secretary, Affiliation of Pageant Organisers) may also participate within the listening to, which can study “what’s required for UK-based music festivals to outlive the influence of Covid-19 and the well being and monetary limitations to planning festivals in 2021”.
“The requires Authorities-backed cancellation insurance coverage for occasions and the possible influence of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out on the viability of occasions are anticipated to be mentioned,” a press launch states. “The session may also deal with the influence of the Authorities’s monetary assist measures to this point, together with the Culture Recovery Fund.”
The listening to begins at 10am tomorrow, and it will be available to livestream here.
Bang Hai Palace at Boomtown Honest 2019 (Image: Alamy)
The inquiry is happening as uncertainty continues to prevail over the fate of the UK’s festival season in 2021 as a result of ongoing influence of the pandemic.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis mentioned over the weekend that he hopes the competition, which was cancelled in 2020, would be capable to return this summer time providing that the “majority” of the UK’s population is vaccinated against coronavirus by June. In December, Emily Eavis stressed that Glastonbury 2021 has “not [been] cancelled yet”.
“We don’t want a vaccination as a result of we will work via the issue with a extremely good testing regime. We’ll be capable to do that by subsequent yr ,” he mentioned.
“If there is a vaccine, there might be enough for the outdated and the weak. Younger folks can resist it. The federal government know that now. In March and April, they didn’t know that. All people was shit-scared and that’s inevitable, however as we’ve realized extra, we all know the robust and wholesome are capable of survive it.”