Future of UK music festivals to be discussed in parliament

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MPs are looking into how UK music festivals can survive in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the majority of this year’s events, resulting in revenues falling by 90%.

An inquiry organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will appraise how best to support the future of festivals, with legal and social-distancing requirements continuing to affect large-scale events.

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, said: “The Isle of Wight is Britain’s festival island and the impact of Covid-19 on festivals and live events has been devastating.

“I spoke to Julian Knight MP, chair of the committee, earlier this week about the importance of festivals and have agreed to work with him and other MPs to press government to ensure festivals can begin to plan for next summer.

“I want our festivals to be able to start planning for a new normal, secure in the knowledge there is viable insurance should events have to be postponed for whatever reason.”

The Committee is inviting any interested parties to submit written evidence on the matter via the parliament website.

Written evidence will be accepted until Wednesday December 9.

DCMS committee chair, Julian Knight MP, added: “The collapse of the vibrant music festival sector this year is a real cause for concern.

“It’s crucial that support to enable music festivals to go ahead in 2021 and beyond is put in place. We’ll be assessing what’s been done so far and what more needs to be done to safeguard the future of festivals.”

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