LET THE MUSIC PLAY

LET THE MUSIC PLAY.

UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2nd 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.

Read more to find out what we are asking for, why it is needed, what we are doing and what you can do.

Our three key asks of the Government are:

1. A clear conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing

2. An immediate comprehensive business and employment support package* and access to finance.

3. Full VAT exemption on ticket sales. * The business and employment support package should include a Government-backed insurance scheme to allow shows to go ahead; an extension of the furlough scheme and help for the self-employed and sole traders to prevent mass redundancies; rent breaks for venues to allow them to reopen; an extension of business rate relief to the entire live music supply chain to protect our ecosystem, large single event premises license fees for festivals to be rolled over to 2021 and financial support for lost box office income to support reopening and recovery, which would also support performers, songwriters, composers and their representatives. 

What we are doing?

Artists across the industry such as Ed Sheeran, Dua Lip and Paul McCartney have joined together to sign a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for support. Read the letter here and the full list of names here.

What can you do? 

On Wednesday 8 July Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP will deliver a Summer Economic Update.

Please write to your local MP and ask them call on the Chancellor to support Let The Music Play.

You can find your local MP here.

Support the campaign on social media with #LetTheMusicPlay. Download assests here.

Key Stats

• The core live music industry stands to lose at least £900 million if it remains closed for the rest of 2020.

• An estimated 30-50% of the live music industry’s workforce are facing unemployment, leading to a catastrophic loss of skills.

• The UK is home to the most popular arenas in the world, yet they are set to lose five million visitors due to COVID-19.

• Music festivals support 85,000 jobs, but with the entire summer cancelled, many are currently facing collapse with 59% redundancies expected across the sector without further support.

• 90% of grassroots music venues are under threat of closure. We are supporting the Music Venue Trust’s call for a £50 million cash injection to ensure vital parts of the music industry do not go out of business.

• The core live music industry generates £1.1 billion to the economy and impacts other parts of the economy including tourism to the tune of £4.5 billion.

• Musicians earn an average of £23,000 a year, well below the national average. Their income is under further threat due to the cancellation of live music because performances represent a major of income for musicians, composers and songwriters.

• Live music needs VAT relief on future ticket sales. It would save the live music industry up to £300 million each year and hugely help in its recovery.

• Music plays an important role to the economy. UK concert-goers spend almost double on live music events than those in France and Italy combined.

• The UK live music industry is the second biggest in the world but is at risk of falling behind. Following COVID-19 the German government has provided €150 million to its live music industry.

• The UK is host to the world’s biggest and most famous greenfield festival – Glastonbury and the world’s most successful ticketed venue – The O2. Every year almost 30 million music fans attend thousands of festivals, arenas, concert halls and grassroots venues.

• Live music events have a profound impact on local economies – Glastonbury generates £100m a year for local businesses and charities. Ed Sheeran’s 2019 gigs at Chantry Park generated £9m for the Ipswich economy.

• The Government’s Job Retention Scheme has provided short term relief to the many live music businesses and employees yet plans to wind down the scheme risk putting livelihoods at risk without further support.

• If the UK Government does not provide timely and well-targeted support to the music sector, the industry will lose core physical infrastructure, as well as musical talent technical sills, which will be impossible to replace, even if the industry is able to return to economic viability post-Covid-19.
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The Music Venue Trust launches campaign to save grassroots venues.

The Music Venue Trust charity has launched a fundraising campaign - #saveourvenues - to help save over 500 grassroots gig venues in the UK from the threat of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Music Venue Trust says that there are current 556 venues at risk of closure since live concerts were indefinitely stopped last month.

They have enlisted the help of Frank Turner, no stranger himself to many a grassroots venue to encourage Artists, Music Fans & Local Communities to act together to prevent their local grassroots music venue from permanently closing.

Visit http://saveourvenues.co.uk to find out how you can get involved.

At the moment, there are no Essex venues listed as being under threat.
If you know any that are, contact Music Venue Trust​ to set up a crowdfunding page.

PMT Live Launch at The Railway Hotel 5th March

PMT, Southend's premier music shop has teamed up with one of Southend's coolest music venues to open a brand new space for local musicians!

PMT Southend have taken over the smaller room upstairs at The Railway Hotel and installed a brand new PA system and backline - Sponsored by RCF, Orange Amplifiers and Natal Drums.

The first event on Thursday 5th March will include sets from two amazing local bands - The Trusted and Deuces. Entry is FREE and doors open at 8pm.

The Whom By Fire Ensemble play The Railway Hotel Saturday 8th February

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Saturday 8th February, Southend Alt/Folk duo Whom By Fire return to their spiritual home The Railway Hotel in Southend with their expanded 6 piece ensemble.
Entry is FREE with whip ‘round. Their recent releases (Bible Black Album / Ensemble EP) are now available to stream & download on Bandcamp.

Seth Lakeman to play Harwich Tues 11th Feb


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Multi award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman will release his new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ on February 7th 2020, in a year that marks four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. The album will be released amidst a selection of UK concerts where Seth will visit locations significant to the Mayflower tale, including dates in London, Plymouth, Immingham and Harwich. This stirring and beautiful record is narrated by the actor Paul McGann (Dr Who/Withnail and I/Hornblower/Luther), and features a host of guest performers including Cara Dillon, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls and Seth’s father Geoff Lakeman.

“If you’d never heard anything about the Mayflower and the birth of the modern USA these words and music could be your primer.”

- Seth Lakeman

Released by BMG the album is available to pre-order from listnin.co/SethLakeman-APilgrimsTale. The first track ‘Watch Out’ is now available to stream/buy from listnin.co/WatchOut. Fans who order the album will be able to download ‘Watch Out’ immediately.

Listen to ‘Watch Out’ here youtu.be/oy3JKL5mXBI

To coincide with the album’s release, Seth will play live dates specially routed in a trail of towns and cities that, for various reasons, hold significance to the Mayflower journey. Locations such as Immingham - where Separatists made a dangerous escape from England to Holland in their search for religious freedom - and Dartmouth - where the ship was anchored for repairs - will be visited in this expansive tour.

See www.sethlakeman.co.uk for ticket links.

Killatrix Play Three Wise Monkeys Colchester

Friday 31st January

Colchester based Electro Noisenicks Killatrix play their first gig of 2020.
In support of Independent Venue Week they are playing Three Wise Monkeys Colchester with Ghosts Of Men & Shooty and the Bang Bang
£5 entry

Luke Langston Benefit Show Thursday 30th January

Hippy Joe's Live & Unsigned
The Edge Basildon

The Beautiful Antics have organised a gig in memory of their Guitarist Luke who passed away suddenly in November, after a short battle with Cancer.
They will be raising money for Luke’s 6 Children & Hopefully enough will be raised to make a donation to Macmillan cancer support.
*Free entry, but donations to the cause are highly encouraged.
Support comes from Pale Blue Dot + Shoasis (Oasis Tribute).
The Edge Bar is situated on High Pavement in Basildon Town Square, FREE parking on Great Oaks multi-storey level 10 (opposite the Police station.

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Killatrix announce 2020 dates

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Colchester based Elecro Noisenicks Killatrix have announce some dates for 2020. Kicking off on 30/01 at The Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester.

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Rosalie Cunningham Spring Tour starts Tues March 3rd

Following on from last years very successful UK tour in support of her debut solo album, Southend’s very own Psychedelic Prog Rock chanteuse Rosalie Cunningham will be be touring the UK again in March and May this year. She will be playing a new and improved set including brand new songs from the next album.

The tour kicks off with a home town show at The Railway Hotel with support from their very own Fi & Dave Dulake, AKA Tuppenny Bunters Check out Rosalie's video for 'Ride On My Bike' on our Video of the Week section. You can also see a review of her previous band Purson on our Reviews page.

Tickets are available via https://www.rosaliecunningham.com/
 
MARCH
3rd The Railway Hotel,Southend
4th Heartbreakers,Southampton
5th Earl Haig, Cardiff
6th Green Door Store, Brighton
12th Ramsgate Music Hall
13th Lexington, London
 
MAY
20th Robin 2, Birmingham
21st The Cluny 2, Newcastle
22nd Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
23rd Sneeky Petes, Edinburgh
24th Northern Kin Festival, Stanhope