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Keep up to date with the latest event industry news in light of COVID-19 and the everchanging rules and regulations. 

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The Public Accounts Committee is calling on the Government to support festivals, which face a “survival threat” without Government-backed insurance
Silverstone crowds
Silverstone has confirmed that the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix will welcome full capacity crowds at this year’s event.
Festival crowds in the UK. CREDIT: Getty Images
Festivals face “devastating consequences” unless the government offers more support, a new report has warned.
Glastonbury Festival. CREDIT: Getty Images
Emily Eavis has reflected on the day that would have seen Glastonbury opening its gates to music-lovers in 2021.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes perform during the Download Pilot Festival at Donington Park on June 18, 2021 in Donington, England. Download Pilot is a 10,000 capacity festival part of a UK government test event to examine how COVID-19 transmission takes place in crowds. Credit: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images.
Download Festival has shared a selection of official footage from last weekend’s test event, which saw 10,000 rock fans returning to Donington Park as part of official government research into the safe return of live music.
Festivalgoers watch Miley Cyrus perform on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Greenpeace have said that they’ve taken “a big financial hit” after Glastonbury‘s 2020 and 2021 editions were both cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Big Top at Sefton Park
A leaked internal economic impact assessment produced by the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) suggests the events industry will incur huge losses even if minimal Covid-19 restrictions remain in place beyond 19 July.
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the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) has delivered its findings from an investigation into the impact on the outdoor events industry of the delay to Step 4 of the easing of the lockdown process.
DHP Family director of live Anton Lockwood (pictured)
DHP Family’s Nottingham event Splendour (cap. 25,000) and Beyond The Woods (3,000) in Lincolnshire are two of the latest music festivals to be cancelled
Crowds in London
Not-for-profit marketing consortium London Tourism Cooperative (LTC) is hosting a three-day festival in the capital this weekend (25-27 June)
The weekender will take place in Manchester’s city centre in an abandoned warehouse, with a Saturday takeover from the team at Gottwood Festival.
A new music venue and events space is set to open in Bristol from the team behind the Shangri-La district at Glastonbury Festival.
Uefa officials and fans visiting England for the Euro 2020 final without quarantining will be subject to restrictions, media minister John Whittingdale has said.
Andrew Lloyd Webber says theatres are at breaking point
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and the live music industry are taking legal action to force the government to hand over the results of its live event pilot scheme.
Wales fans react as they watch the Euro 2020 match between Italy and Wales in Cardiff
A pub landlord says pictures of football fans hugging and shouting while watching Wales' Euros games are upsetting.
Festival-goer crowdsurfs at Download 2021
Ali Shutler reviews the 2021 Download Pilot event that took place as part of the Government's ERP.
Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio and Funeral For A Friend. CREDIT: Getty Images
Slam Dunk Festival has added more names to its 2021 line-up including Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Alkaline Trio and Funeral For A Friend.
Latitude Festival 2019. CREDIT: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images.
Latitude Festival has announced a host of new acts to its 2021 lineup, after confirming that it will go ahead next month.
Anger mounts in the nighttime industry following the delay to the government's roadmap out of lockdown. CREDIT: Getty Images
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for the UK government to reopen Night Time Economy businesses on July 5 as anger mounts following the delay of the country’s roadmap.
The O2 appearing in Fortnite. Image Credit: O2
Fortnite has partnered up with O2 and Universal Music to bring an interactive live music experience to fans in a week-long celebration.
Fans arrive at Donington Park for the 2021 Download Pilot. Credit: Getty Images.
This weekend’s Download pilot event is “100 per cent” evidence that festivals can go ahead this summer, according to organiser Melvin Benn.
Corey Alexander, Todd Dorigo and Dougie Poynter of INK. perform live on stage at Clwb Ifor Bach on May 11, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales (Picture: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)
This latest development comes after the Welsh government confirmed late last month that live music could resume in music venues
Stage crew. Credit: Chris McKay/Getty Images
The live music industry is facing massive staff shortages as gigs begin to return, new research finds.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes perform during the Download Pilot Festival at Donington Park on June 18, 2021 in Donington, England. Download Pilot is a 10,000 capacity festival part of a UK government test event to examine how COVID-19 transmission takes place in crowds. Credit: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images.
The government has been accused of “pushing live music off a cliff-edge” and endangering the future of the industry by failing to publish the results of recent COVID event pilots or providing festivals with insurance.
Save Our Scene protest. CREDIT: Press
Save Our Scene has announced a London rave in protest of the government’s perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Bang Bang Romeo perform live. CREDIT: Getty
The one-day event, dubbed “the perfect antidote to male-heavy festival line-ups”, will take place at Great Portland Street’s 229 London venue.
Pete Doherty, Terry Hall and UNKLE CREDIT: Getty Images
Terry Hall of longstanding ska veterans The Specials has curated a four day music festival, set to begin at the end of next month.
Goodwood Festival
The organiser of the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed has confirmed that the automotive event will go ahead from July 8-11 as planned.
Timber Festival
The organiser of Timber Festival has confirmed that it will go ahead from July 2-4 at the National Forest and will operate within Step 3 restrictions.
Tokyo city
Organisers of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have said up to 10,000 domestic fans will be permitted to attend individual events, with a cap of 50% of a venue’s capacity.
B:Music CEO Nick Reed
West Midlands sector support organisation Culture Central has announced the launch of the West Midlands Music Board (WMMB) to foster the recovery and growth of the region’s music sector through ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and beyond lockdown.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber has turned down a Government invitation to include his musical Cinderella in the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP)
Kendall Calling crowd, 2017
The 27,000-capacity Kendal Calling festival has been cancelled after DCMS declined to make it part in the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) pilot scheme.
Olympic Steps at Wembley Park in London
Wembley Stadium will accomodate 75% of its 90,000 audience capacity for the semi-finals and final of the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 Championships
Parliamentary under-secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Nigel Huddleston
Superstruck Entertainment’s Truck festival (cap. 10,000) and some of Kilimanjaro’s (DEAG) recently acquired Let’s Rock (15,000) festival series have been cancelled within hours of the Government declining to provide a publication date of the Events Research Programme (ERP) report.
New York skyline
New York nightclubs of under 5000 capacity are no longer required to ask for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry.
Hospitality customers enjoy an outside seating area whilst drinking
Plans to ease Covid restrictions in England on 19 July are "looking good", the prime minister has said.
A humanist ceremony was held for Lauren and Jamie McAloon in front of the main stage at the festival
A couple who "live and breathe" Download Festival enjoyed a humanist wedding celebration there after meeting at the rock and metal event in 2008.
Download Festival was run as a limited-capacity pilot event last weekend
Festivals and freelancers in the cultural sector face "devastating consequences" unless the government offers more support, MPs have warned.
Paul McCartney, The 1975 and Liam Gallagher. CREDIT: Getty Images
Paul McCartney, The 1975, Liam Gallagher and Foals are among those donating prizes to a new campaign to help London’s homeless.
Notting Hill Carnival 2019. Credit: John Phillips/Getty Images for Redbull.
Notting Hill Carnival will be “off the streets” in 2021 as the event cancels its upcoming edition due to ongoing COVID-19 worries.
Kendall Calling sign
From the Fields has launched SHOUT, a training placement for young black, asian and minority ethnic music promoters.
The crowd at the Body Soul arena at Electric Picnic, 2010
The government of the Republic of Ireland has revealed the recipients of its €25m (£21m) Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS).
BMX stunt show
No Limits Events & Promotions has confirmed that the East of England Autofest will be going ahead at the East of England Arena and events centre, 3-4 July, with a full lineup of live automotive action
Covid-19 has now dropped to the 31st leading cause of death in Wales, latest mortality analysis shows.
Member of the public receives a covid vaccination
People aged 18 and over in England are being invited to book their first Covid-19 jab in what the NHS has described as a "watershed moment".
The Belsonic festival previously hosted thousands of people at Ormeau Park in Belfast
For anyone hoping to see live music in Northern Ireland this summer, a quick scan online would throw up plenty of options.
Crowdsurfing at a grassroots venue. CREDIT: Brookfield / Stockimo / Alamy Stock Photo
The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has shared a six-point plan for how it believes the UK Government can safeguard the future of live music
Early morning view of The Clubhouse. The Championships 2019. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 1 Monday 01/07/2019. Credit: AELTC/Ben Solomon
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has revealed more details about The Championships 2021 (Wimbledon).
Alexander Stadium construction
Organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have issued updates on Alexander Stadium’s £72m redevelopment progression and announced the full event schedule

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