Indoor performances to return in UK from 1st August
In a "more significant return to normality" the UK government have recently confirmed that indoor performances will return from 1st August, a momentous announcement for the existence and continued health of the live music sector.
Indoor gigs, concerts, and events will return, the lifeline that independent musicians, promoters, and grassroots venues have been holding out for since the beginning of the pandemic. Of course, this will be on a trial basis for the foreseeable future and will likely be a very different experience of what we know from live performance with social distancing measures in place. But still, this news is to be celebrated.
In the latest press conference revealing the latest measures to ease lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that the government will "restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sport stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn."
Considering the grave threat to grassroots venues, and with the news that two of Manchester's significant music venues are to close permanently, the live music sector can now begin to map out it's return, albeit to a 'new normal'.
Live music is back, and let's hope it's for good.