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Enquiry into the future of UK music festivals


4.9 million people attended a festival in the UK in 2018 , with festivals estimated to have generated a staggering £1.76 billion in GVA.


But COVID-19 has seen the majority of festivals cancel this year, with revenues down by 90%. Without targeted and ongoing support to events companies and their supply chains, Culture Commons believes this sector is on the brink of collapse.


The DCMS Select Committee has launched a much needed inquiry into the future of the sector. The Committee hopes to shape Government policy and ensure music festivals taking place in 2021 who face immediate pressures get the economic support they need. But they need your evidence to make the best case.


Festivals can take place if they are COVID-19 secure and comply with all relevant legislation - including the new Tier system and the performing arts working safely.


But Culture Commons believe that social distancing requirements will determine the financial and logistical viability of an event. We hope the enquiry will receive a wide range of submissions from performers, audience associations, ticketing sites, food and beverage operators, security firms, backstage staff, workers unions and many of the "unseen" operators that work tirelessly to make events run smoothly. There are also serious questions about how audiences will respond to a socially distanced festival experience. The uncertainty of the public health situation and legal requirements next summer presents further risk for festival organisers.


If you or your organisation would like to make a submission, but would like support to do so, please get in touch.


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