After a decimating decline in over 40% of fans not returning to live gigs, Music Venue Trust are raising a call of action to take decisive and immediate action to save the grassroot venues from all their entirety.
Specific funding needs to be brought forward – aswell as considerations of Business Rate suspension – to ensure that those fans pulling out are not resulting in those venues losing out in due income. Despite the Plan B actions to curb the Omicron variant receiving heavy criticism among the industry, it seems that it is a heavy burden we must face to ensure that we are safe throughout this Winter where our industry can pick up again where it left off in 2022 with a clear path of not fearing such variants.
“The introduction of Plan B results in an unfair double standard that allows people to go on all-day pub crawls in crowded bars without having to prove their COVID-19 status, whilst live music venues get hit with certification,” said Greg Parmley, CEO of live music organisation LIVE.
With the live music industry accruing £90 million in debt from prevailing lockdowns since 2020 – with it not likely to reduce this incongruent number until 2025 – the entertainment sector is seeking help and guidance from the UK Government. From a government that seemingly sets their own rules as opposed to what they set on us.