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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. 

Standon Calling (Picture: Press)
Standon Calling has announced the line-up for their 2021 festival, with Bastille, Hot Chip and Primal Scream all set to headline.
The Blue Note Jazz Lounge in Greenwich Village. CREDIT: MB_Photo/Alamy Stock Photo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state’s music venues will be able to open back up at 33 per cent capacity from early next month.
Music fans attend a gig in Dallas, Texas (Picture: Getty)
Texas and Mississippi have courted controversy after both US states confirmed plans to lift their mask mandates and increase the capacity of all buildings to 100 per cent.
The UK festival season has been dealt a blow with no event cancellation insurance forthcoming in the Spring Budget.
Rishi Sunak
The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has expressed its frustration with the chancellor’s Budget, which was unveiled, 3 March.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has revealed a £65 billion three-point plan to provide support for jobs and businesses.
The Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) provided a vital lifeline for many event organisers and suppliers. Here, recipients of the funding explain how they have used the money and what it means for them and their business…
Simon Garrett
What operational and legal challenges will the events industry face in 2021 as we emerge from the pandemic? Read on, as Simon Garrett, managing director of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions, discusses the question…
MADE Festival main stage 2019
Promoter Weird Science said it is moving MADE Festival to new venue Sandwell Valley Country Park this summer, where it will have a 20,000 capacity.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce an extension of the furlough programme by five months until the end of September, while extending parallel support for the self-employed.
John Diddings
Isle of Wight Festival chief John Giddings has told Access that the artist line-up will primarily be made up of UK acts and it will run with the audience capacity reduced by 5,000 to 50,000.
Crowds at the Isle of Wight Festival 2019 (Picture: Getty)
The 2021 Isle of Wight Festival has been pushed back to September after England’s roadmap out of lockdown was confirmed
Despite the continuing challenges facing the meetings industry, Glasgow Convention Bureau reports the city has secured 28 new conferences
Secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP
The All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Events and Sports have jointly written to the secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia
Business meetings and events budgets are not expected to return to pre-Covid-19 levels until at least 2023, according to the latest research by the Meetings Industry Association (mia).
Coventry's time as the UK City of Culture will begin on 15 May
An all-day launch, a street art festival and a "poignant" puppet walk have been announced as major events during Coventry City of Culture.
Organisers said the event taking place depended on "public health"
Appleby Horse Fair was to be held in June but the government's timetable for easing limits on social contact would have prohibited it, organisers said.
Duncan Laurence, representing the Netherlands, won the contest in 2019 in Tel Aviv
Artists from 41 countries will appear live at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands under plans set out by the event's organisers.
Rishi Sunak
Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), which has provided grants to events operators and venues, will be increased by £300m from £1.57bn to £1.87bn in tomorrow’s Budget.
The British Music Embassy has announced its 35-act lineup for annual conference and festival event South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.
The UK Government is to set aside £2.8m, in tomorrow’s Budget, to begin the bid process to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup
Biffy Clyro, KISS and Iron Maiden will headline Download 2022 (Picture: Getty)
Download Festival has announced its cancellation for the second year in a row, while also confirming that KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will headline next year’s event.
Primavera Sound Festival at Parc del Forum on May 29, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
Primavera Sound Festival 2021 has been cancelled, the festival’s organisers have confirmed.
VenuIQ's Safewatch
Events management solution, VenuIQ, has launched the SafeWatch, a wearable tech solution that aims to help guarantee Covid-secure conferences and events.
Live hockey game
UK Sport has revealed details of a leadership programme aimed at growing the number of event directors in the UK.
The last Great Yorkshire Show, in 2019, attracted more than 135,000 visitors
The Great Yorkshire Show is planned to go ahead in July after missing a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event's organisers have said.
Boomtown 2019
With many festivals re-scheduled and/or sold out, the industry’s call for a Government-backed insurance scheme have increased in volume.
Amy MacDonald
Depeche Mode, The Chemical Brothers and Frank Turner are among many UK artists who have leant their weight to the call for a Government-backed cancellation insurance scheme.
Pom Poko at The Great Escape 2019. Credit: Roger Garfield/Alamy Live News
Brighton’s new music festival The Great Escape has cancelled its 2021 event, with a virtual festival taking its place.
Camp Bestival
After a 2020 summer in which coronavirus forced the cancellation of festivals across the globe, the event will return to Dorset’s Lulworth Castle from July 29 – August 1.
Sports Team (Picture: Lauren Maccabee / Press)
They are among the first wave of acts confirmed for the two day bash which will be held in Bristol on September 25
Reading Festival 2019
Live Nation has sold nearly 200,000 tickets to UK festivals this week since the government set out the roadmap out of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
Festival crowd
Festivals planned to take place this year across the UK have started selling out since the government unveiled its roadmap to reopening the economy on Monday
10 Downing Street
The Government is to investigate why Local Authorities have failed to release almost £1.6bn worth of grants to businesses, the Events Industry Alliance (EIA) has said.
Festival crowd
Independent festivals could be forced to cancel their 2021 events if they don’t get Government-backed insurance and VAT intervention by the end of March.
Member of the public receiving their covid vaccine
More than 20 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Kate Foulkes and Nicola Edwards say they will postpone their wedding again to keep relatives safe
Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies can take place at licensed venues in Wales from Monday as lockdown restrictions are slightly relaxed.
TicketCo co-founder Carl-Erik Michalsen Moberg
TicketCo co-founder Carl-Erik Michalsen Moberg tells Access how he successfully rescued his digital ticketing operation from being destroyed by Covid-19.
Rishi Sunak
Julian Knight has urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce support in the 3 March budget announcement to encourage more festivals to go ahead this summer.
Jimmy Eat World will headline 2000 Trees 2021. CREDIT: Getty
The Cheltenham event, which is scheduled for July 7-10, revealed a line-up including Jimmy Eat World, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Creeper last September
Green Man Festival. CREDIT: Getty Green Man
The Brecon Beacons event is scheduled to take place between August 19-22, having cancelled its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus crisis.
Crowds at Reading Festival 2019 (Picture: Getty)
Reading Festival has sold out, less than two days after organisers confirmed that it will be going ahead this summer.
Hubilo, the global virtual and hybrid events platform, has announced a £17 million Series A investment led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital
Hotel bed
Aparthotel operator Staycity has reported that it has seen UK bookings surge this week following the government’s recovery roadmap, announced on Monday, 22 February.
The team at Rocket Exhibition
An exhibition services supplier has reported it has confirmed a full roster of work for September, and that there is now active interest for services in July and August.
Festival crowd
If your normality is drinking warm cider in a muddy field and singing your heart out with thousands of others, it's suddenly looking a bit more positive.
Night club DJ
Sacha Lord couldn't believe his ears when, on Monday, Boris Johnson mentioned nightclubs as he set out the roadmap for ending the Covid-19 lockdown in England.
Mighty Hoopla crowd 2019
Field Day (cap. 25,000) co-founder Marcus Wheedon said he is pressing ahead with the postponed launch of new one-day festival Wide Awake on 3 September at London’s Brockwell Park.
Black Deer Festival 2019
Black Deer Festival co-founder Gill Tee has told Access that ticket sales for the event have taken off and there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and the event professionals
Reading & Leeds 2019 (Picture: Getty)
Reading and Leeds Festival has confirmed that it will be going ahead this summer, after the government outlined plans for England to gradually exit lockdown by the end of June.

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