A new survey has revealed that nearly 30,000 music shows have been booked in England’s grassroots venues in the coming months following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. And here at Far Out, we couldn’t be happier about that!
Last Sunday (May 2nd) we partnered with The Lathums for an event in Liverpool that saw live music return in a trial event and so far, the results have been very promising.
With live music on course to make its fully unrestricted return following the success of trials on June 21st, the Music Venue Trust surveyed grassroots venues in England to analyse the extent of return to normality for independent venues.
The results that the survey turned up were very promising for music fans: over 2534 socially distanced shows are already on sale in 266 venues from May 17th to June 21st, with the figures predicted to rise to around 4000 shows at 400 venues in the coming days and weeks.
Following June 21st, the rise in gigs is set to skyrocket with 17,000 full capacity gigs already on sale. The survey concluded that in the forthcoming summer of musical rebirth around 6,803,481 will take in the spiritual boon of a gig.
Beverley Whitrick of The Music Venue Trust declared: “It’s incredible to see the enthusiasm for getting live music back into our towns and cities being shown by venues, artists and crew. These socially distanced shows aren’t being delivered for financial return, in fact precisely the opposite. The grassroots sector is stepping up and putting its own time and money into answering the demand for live music in our communities.”
Later adding: “As we emerge from the darkness of the last year and move towards our plan to Revive Live it is incredibly exciting and heartening to see the positivity with which UK grassroots music venues are approaching re-opening their doors. The fact that musicians can get back to work, music fans can start to enjoy a live music experience again and all the associated staff in the music venue eco-system can go back to earning a living again is amazing news.”
Before concluding: “There are still challenges to overcome, and of course the whole of this programme relies on the government sticking to its roadmap to allow us to Reopen Every Venue Safely. Audience safety continues to be grassroots music venues’ main priority, but this is hopefully the start of our much-anticipated road back to normality.”