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UK Festivals issue “red alert”: insurance talks breakdown

In news that is not utterly shocking to anyone, UK festivals have issued a “red alert” after many festivals cancel, postpone and pull out plans for returning in the summer.

This comes after the talks with the Government break down regarding festival insurance, if they do happen to cancel again due to COVID, as the roadmap to return is ultimately delayed and does not place us where we expect to be.

Yet again, the UK festivals are facing unwarranted certainty and confirmation of anything set to go ahead this summer – not even the support and structure of cancellation insurance if things do not go ahead. Eeesh, we’re seeing a similar pattern as to what we saw last summer, too.

A projection from AIF (The Association of Independent Festivals) reveals that 76% of the remaining festivals left in July and August could cancel too, if no immediate action is taken to help protect these events. It seems there is simply no appetite or mere desire to save such events – despite providing countless streams of revenue each year, not just for the UK music industry, but for the country’s economy in general.

It certainly seems that the lack of action just resembles the Governments’ desire to act fast on such events and really demonstrates just how far down the list UK music festivals, gigs and local grass-root venues are.

There may have to be a rebellious act of courtesy or restriction in the streets again near Parliament, if these are to even be raised in the House. Time will tell if action is set to be taken or not, because if they don’t receive the much-needed insurance and cancel in the coming weeks, the sheer loss and weight of cancelling such events for another trading year, may not see some of our beloved festivals ever returning to our fields again.

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Nebula Festival: The First ONLINE Music Festival of 2021

This weekend (May 1st and May 2nd) enjoy the art of entertainment with a whole host of rising bands, impressive acts and obsessive songwriters.

All streamed solely from Facebook and Zoom, Nebula Festival is encouraging the will of live music – despite being in a pandemic that prevents such things occurring in the real world.

It not only pumps the enthusiasm for musicians, audiences alike but also pumps the enthusiasm for a likely return to usual industry business in the summer, too. Whether that be with the usual proceedings or not, we’re all looking forward to enjoying a hardened local pint while listening to a hardened local band for accompaniment. The perfect duo.

Either way, be sure to check their colossal live stream across this weekend via the link below – even if it’s just a 5 minute check-up..

http://nebulafestival.com/

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Song of the Day: Blossoms’ Honey Sweet

Sanity returns to our daily lives as we see civilisation returning, as we escape our caves, quarrels and fester in the sunlight. There’s no fitting song for the redemption of waving goodbye to the pandemic this year, than Blossoms’ back-catalogue.

The epitome of summer in the 80s, it showcases sweet nostalgia, flowery vibes and wonderful moments to cherish.

I’d recommend blending in with the crowd by listening to the remainder of the self-titled album, which they first released way back when in 2016. We were just beginning to get to grips with them as a band back in 2016, but now, they are a fully formed indie band making their marker in summer festivals around the world.

A bloom worth watching – Blossoms.

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COVID UPDATE: Barcelona hosts 5,000 Concert – for COVID-tested crowd.

In the midst of a pandemic, it starts to become important to obtain test results to gain an idea of when we would be able to return. For Barcelona and its live music, that was on Saturday night. Around 5,000 spent the night at a gig in Barcelona watching Love of Lesbian – after all were negatively tested for COVID. As one of the largest gatherings in Europe recorded, since the pandemic began, it will be able to give us an idea when we would be able to return to mass-gatherings after this pandemic filters out, and we start to get back to normal. No doubt, over the course of the next 14 days, they will make sure and keep tabs of all to who went and record any prevalent illnesses or worse, the return of COVID to their lungs.

As we get more brave with experimentations and understanding of how this illness progresses, hopefully we can get more comfortable with one another within mass gathering, assortments and crowds. Time will tell if we think differently about this, of course.