Hundreds of live music venues can't reopen with social distancing measures

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Hundreds of live music venues can't reopen with social distancing measures

Less than 20% of live music venues would reopen with a two metre social distancing rule, it has been revealed.

The survey by the Music Venue Trust found that hundreds of grass roots venues would not find reopening practical due to the layout of their premises’.

Plus 96% of those said it would be a financial disaster to reopen because they would have to radically reduce the number of attendees.

Meanwhile only a third of people would feel safe returning to venues for a live gig during the Covid-19 crisis at 36%, despite 89% of people being ‘very eager’ to return to venues.

That figure rises to 60% in August and September when thinking of attending gigs, with a rise again to 71% of people feeling it would be safe in October.

More than 28,000 responded to survey between June 12-18 with a huge 93% of gig goers saying that they were missing the atmosphere of a live show.

It follows an urgent warning issued to the UK government by the Music Venue Trust stating that an immediate cash injection of £50m is needed to prevent mass venue closures in July, August and September.

Music Venue Trust founder and chief executive, Mark Davyd, said: “The government needs to read their own guidelines on the risks posed by singing, dancing, being in confined spaces and being in close proximity to other people.

“The combined impact of those risks is that the live music experience cannot currently be brought back in any form that makes sense for audiences or artists in grassroots music venues. And the survey is telling us clearly that audiences already know this.”

Audience confidence in the safety of live music events at two metre social distancing declined if that social distancing was reduced to one metre according to the survey.

The live music industry in the UK generates £5.2bn for the UK economy and a further £2.7bn in export revenues, but is facing a substantial loss of infrastructure, with 90% of venues and festivals currently facing permanent closure. This would result in the total collapse of the sector and thousands of job cuts including promoters, production companies, managers, agents, artists and others.

Music Venue Trust launched its #saveourvenues campaign in April, which has so far successfully raised over £2m to help support grassroots music venues through this crisis.

Meanwhile a string of drive-in summer shows have been announced, with performances from The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and Kaiser Chiefs to name a few.

The gigs will take place at outdoor locations across the UK between July and September with tickets now on sale here.

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