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Latitude Festival: First Major Festival since ‘Freedom Day’

Campers for Latitude festival are set to prep camp and arrive today at Henham Park in sweet anticipation for Latitude Festival this weekend (22nd to 24th July) – the first major festival in the UK to go ahead since ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday for COVID restrictions.

Announced as the Government’s Event Research Programme, the 35,000-capacity is set to go ahead this weekend, as thousands flock in droves to see the likes of Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Chemical Brothers headlining.

In order to gain entry to the festival, which runs until Sunday (July 25), ticket-holders will be asked for proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the festival, or proof of full vaccination with the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior to the first day of attending the festival. As a test event – it can go ahead with no social distancing requirements.

With this, where many are unsure and doubtful of such festivals going ahead in such vast quantities, many people are loathing at the prospect of missing out, and seeing live music come back in such large volumes again.

What a test event means for COVID:

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Hopefully, this is the first of many (test) events that will help provide ample funds to the music industry that so desperately needs recovering from the swollen pit it has fallen itself into.

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Imagine Dragons: Return of the Indie Mythicals

Following on from the subsequent singles of Follow You and Wrecked, Imagine Dragons announce their long-awaited return to the music limelight with their new album, Mercury – Act 1. Set to land in our ears in September, the album will hopefully draw on empowering lyrical ingenuity we’ve seen since Night Visions in 2012, but also draw on the love and design in creating hideously addictive hits we saw in 2017’s Evolve.

Their most recent single release, Wrecked, was produced by the band and ultimately inspired by singer Dan Reynolds’ late sister-in-law who tragically died from cancer. In way to deal with it all, through the refuge of music – as it has always done for Dan – it is a song that is the wish for an eternity with those that he loves. A figure of sentiment that we can understand and feel passionately, too.

After not expressing any depth of new music since 2018, it has been a quiet for the Dragons, but it’s a reassuring sign that they are back to their fearsome and fiery self. Roll on the autumn, I say.

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Best of British Music: Who tops YOUR list?

Hey folks, in a new series for a new month, we’re exploring the BEST OF BRITISH in an ultimate face-off regarding the Best in British Music.

Whether it be the crafty workings of stage presence or the sheer scale of anthems and hits they’ve written, what makes the music better than all the others? We’ll be scaling up each comment, and thoughts and see if they’ll top the list. So, join the discussion and get involved.

Would we see the Bohemian-dwellers of the mighty Queen grace our list? They had the lot in terms of bravado, iconic soundtracks and sheer fame and fortune with the one, Freddy Mercury.

Or would we see the Mancunian duo of Oasis? Rampant, chaotic and not giving a damn, they stood for everything British, and took the world by storm with their iconic Britpop. Will they litter the queue, too?

This week, we start with number ten – give me your artist picks below, and we’ll methodically think, question, argue and hopefully … agree on our Best of British!

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LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY SUES UK GOVERNMENT

YES, YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. With the Government seemingly withholding the results from the festival pilots, the Live Music industry has taken a great stride in representing all the creatives by actively suing the Government for its lack of transparency, and overall willingness to come forward, with what we need to view, test and learn from.

Download Pilot 2021 with 10,000 capacity occurred a couple of weeks ago, showing that it can be done.

What’s the point in festival pilots if the Government won’t release the data?

Legal action was launched today (June 24) to force the publication of a report from Phase 1 of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP).

The purpose of the ERP is to study “the risk of transmission of Covid-19” from attending sports and entertainment events, and business conferences. Despite the glowing reports of the research programme being a “glowing success”, still, many people ponder why restrictions are still being held in place with the arts and entertainment sector still held within lockdown until at least July, despite mass sporting events are occurring right in the city at Wembley and at Wimbledon. It also comes with another blow to the industry – not only are they refusing to release the research synopsis, but also no insurance scheme has seemingly been put in place – despite numerous calls for change when so many events had to cancel, with no insurance in place to ultimately cover the cancellation costs.

And now here we are, actively suing the Government. There seems to be some serious underappreciation or understanding from the Government, simply unaware how much the LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY brings to society, culture and the overall economy year on year, without fail.

Time for change. Again. Is this the way forward? Will they FINALLY listen to us now? Only time will tell.

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Happy World Music Day 2021!

21st June: Happy World Music Day!

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As a day to encourage young musicians and young learners from every community and every city to perform outside, World Music Day has returned today on the 21st June. Celebrated with over 120 countries worldwide, it’s a fantastic sight to see as musicians across the globe pick up their instruments, sharpen their vocals and simply play, perform and just enjoy themselves simply for the love of music.

Despite the pandemic restricting a lot of events to showcase our love of music outside, there’s been plenty of community collaboration and live performances done solely online. Emphatic music works have been going on since the early hours of this morning and despite us being confined to our time zones witnessing live music first-hand, we are undoubtedly drawn together with our love for music.

So, despite the often rare fanatic exploration of World Music annually, take some time out today – no matter how long you have left of the Monday – … and enjoy some music that is culturally, and artistically, inspiring.

You can view some fantastic performances below!

Thanks folks x