Appeal by 1,500 British singers to the government of London to save the country’s live music industry from the meltdown due to the coronavirus. Stars of the caliber of Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Sam Smith, Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Iron Maiden, Dua Lipa, Skepta e Florence + the Machine they signed an open letter in which they recall, among other things, that thousands of jobs are at risk.
The letter also mentions the 4.5 billion pounds (about 5.0 billion euros) deriving from the sector last year, and 210 thousand jobs.
“UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural and economic successes in the past decade,” the stars wrote in their letter to culture minister Oliver Dowden. But “without ending the social distance and without financial support from the government, the future of concerts and festivals and of the hundreds of thousands of people who work there is dark”.
So far, Britain has suffered the worst impact of coronavirus in Europe, with over 54,000 deaths. The government has eased the restrictions imposed at the end of March: pubs, restaurants and museums will reopen next weekend, while live music venues remain closed. “Until concerts can be held, probably in 2021 – it is still read – government support is essential to prevent a fatal crisis that would put the sector, the world leader, at risk”.
The music industry asks for a precise timetable for the reopening of the premises without social removal requirements and government support. “There are no fantastic concerts without an extraordinary team behind the stage – said Liam Gallagher – but everyone will be out of work if we cannot return to the stage to do what we love”.
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