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Boomtown festival cancelled amid Covid insurance row

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The Boomtown festival will not go ahead after organisers said the lack of a government-backed insurance scheme left them staring at a £10m "gamble". The 66,000-capacity event sold out in February and was due to...

#WeMakeEvents amplifies support for post-Brexit touring productions in open letter to Grant Shapps

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Today, industry collective #WeMakeEvents is joined by over 150 industry players to call for crucial government support for the specialist transport vehicles - carrying artists, crew, and equipment involved in touring productions - which have been...

One Industry One Voice – #WeCreateExperiences B2C campaign to launch on 30th March

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The B2C version of the #WeCreateExperiences campaign is activating in earnest on the 30th of March, on the back of the successful B2B campaign in December 2020, so they need the industry’s support on social media to ensure...

Stars show their support for the collapsing live events supply chain

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· Sir Mick Jagger, Midge Ure, Katherine Jenkins, Paul Whitehouse, Angus Deayton, Griff Rhys Jones, Biffy Clyro, James Bay, Simon Callow and many, many more speak out in support · TEXTING TEXTING ONETWO appeal launches through industry...

KB Event’s new EU arm set to keep tours rolling

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In the world we’re inching our way back to there are few superfluous elements in the rock ‘n’ roll supply chain and the trucks that ferry the hardware are indispensable. Behind lockdown and the event...

UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring ‘crisis’

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The government has said it hopes to open negotiations with individual EU countries "very shortly" to help UK artists to tour after being told Brexit had created an "absolute crisis". Musicians, actors and their crews...

ESSA issues 400 FOI requests to UK local authorities

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Concerned by the reports of geographical disparities in the disbursement of Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional  Restrictions Grant (ARG), the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA)  has issued 400 Freedom of Information...

EIA raises failing support case in national media

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The Events Industry Alliance (EIA)  is continuing its call for more funding, and improved availability of cash through current grant schemes, as part of its wider lobbying of government. The EIA, consisting of the Event...

ESSA to launch FOI request to clarify government decision making

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The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it is making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request of the government. The request is part of an effort by ESSA to determine the reasoning...

Government-backed cancellation insurance “critical” for UK festival comeback

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Uncertainty prevailed at a Live Music Festivals Committee meeting this morning, with industry representatives calling for a clear message about when, and if, it will be safe to reopen; to start selling tickets for...