‘Hammer blow’: UK live music sector faces coronavirus disaster

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Despite events still scheduled as going ahead, fans and venues are despairing at a potential shutdown across the countryThe UK live music industry is facing huge losses after tens of events have already been forced to cancel or postpone due to coronavirus. With the Who pulling an arena tour set to start next week, an industry built on getting thousands of people into the same room is beginning to struggle in the face of self-isolation.After days of suggesting that large scale events could go ahead, Downing Street eventually made a U-turn, signalling that it was preparing to cease such events by next weekend. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced this week that all events with more than 500 people would be cancelled from Monday. Some event promoters aren’t even waiting until then – the US country music festival C2C, due to take place this weekend in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena as well as London’s O2 Arena, has been cancelled. Today, Radio One cancelled its annual Big Weekend festival, which was set to take place in Dundee from 22 to 24 May and feature Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and more. Continue reading…