MPs urge action to save UK music festivals from another ‘lost summer’

The UK’s music festivals should take immediate action to save the country from another “lost heat” due to cowardice, the MPs’ cross-party committee said.

Ministers will soon have to prepare government-backed insurance plans for the holidays, according to a report by the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, based on the length of their long tenure, which will now be too late for many events.

Next summer income without you will not only cause the death of many small festivals, but may be a threat to the long-term future of the region as the supply chain companies close and skilled specialist staff to do other work.

The problems were exacerbated by the government’s lack of access Culture Recovery Fund And the fact is that none of the festivals were included in a series of pilot schemes designed to test the feasibility of mass events.

The music festival was “treated badly by the government,” said Conservative MP Julian Knight, who chairs the committee, despite the sector – which hosts about 1,000 events a year – contributing १ 1.6767 billion to the UK economy. , 000 85,000 jobs.

“It has made it very clear to us that there will not be financial flexibility at too many festivals to cover next year’s cost of late-notice cancellations,” he said.

“If there is no move in the commercial insurance market, ministers, and immediately: events now need to know whether the government will back them down, or they just don’t take this year. There’s still time to get to playing music, but there’s not much room for excuses. “

The report of the committee is warning the government Plan to get out of the lockdown There is also the possibility of removing the farthest measures in England on 21 June, which may not be known until a week in advance, which is too late to plan for the holidays.

Of the events that will take place in early July, they will have paid 0% of their costs by June 1, and more than 5,000,000 capacity festivals have been canceled for 2021.

Has become an industry Calling for months For insurance plans like the one offered to the film and TV industries, which allowed the resumption of production before the epidemic.

Despite this, the report says, the government “refuses to take many opportunities to address market failures in the provision of insurance for live events this summer and has set conditions to unlock the significant economic and cultural contributions made by the festivals and their supply chain.”

There could be further consolidation in a long-term impact area, the report said, bought by small, independent festival replacements or by two large firms, Live Nation and AEG Presentations, which already handle about a third of events, including the 000-plus. Appearance It can affect results and value and diversity, this pair.

The report could also be called a “permanent skill gap” because of the impact of another duplication that will be canceled again at most festivals this year, with many such companies shifting jobs to employees or freelancers who provide services at the festival.

A government spokesman said: “We continue to work out flats to support festivals and live events. Our event research program has explored how to get those festivals back and run safely and that festival organizers received more than 34m from our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund. Have done, with more support.

“We will look carefully at the issue of compensation cover from the roadmap carefully but irrevocably to see what assistance is needed.”

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