Saturday, January 23, 2021

Brexit is Destroying the British Music Industry


There are some brilliant reactions to Brexit, but Fish says it best:

Despite widespread anger from artists and music industry bosses calling on the government to “take this seriously and fix it”, ministers rejected the idea this week – insisting that “taking back control” of the UK’s borders is their priority and that talks would only resume if Brussels “changes its mind”.

 Over 100 musicians, including the likes of Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran, signed an open letter yesterday (January 20) criticising the government for their failure to support touring musicians in the Brexit deal.

 Now, Marillon’s Fish, real name Derek William Dick, has added his voice to the outrage, saying that Brexit will “destroy” UK artist’s ability to tour in the EU.


 Fish said: “I’m still reeling from the new regulations revealed by the UK Government just over 2 weeks ago regarding touring in the European Union post Brexit. I’ve been trying to make sense of it all from all the sometimes contradictory and often vague information available on various websites that are constantly being updated and working out how this affects my own business and career. It’s quite frankly confounding.

 “I’ve grown tired of hearing ‘So what did musicians do before we joined the EU then?’ In 1973 when the UK joined the EU I was 15 years old and the Global Music Industry revenues were around 5 billion US dollars.

 “By the turn of the century they were around $25 billion and today worth around $21 billion with the UK music industry generating $7.5 billion. That is a figure that doesn’t even take in the vast independent network or all the ancillary workers and bolt on industries that contribute hugely these days to the International music business.”

An entire industry is being destroyed. All of the bands, the people who support them, the independent labels, the venues where they play, all of that is being destroyed. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

No Glastonbury This Year


Well, this is very sad but not entirely unexpected. It is just not safe to have a festival of this size in our current state. You could make it a restricted event and have people vaccinated beforehand, but how do you plan for that in the summer when we are struggling in the middle part of January to understand the situation? Glastonbury is not an English only affair and Brexit probably complicates it behind the scenes. How does someone living in the Netherlands come to the festival this year with all of that headache ahead of them?

This will have the added effect of causing numerous music acts to miss another year of income. And that's devastating--it rolls downhill from the artists to everyone who supports the live music industry. There is no foreseeable effort to bail them out in England at all. The government there hates the music industry with a passion, and the feeling is mutual.

Again, very sad.