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Coronavirus pandemic had ‘decimating’ effect on UK music festivals in 2020, organisers say

Jan 05, 2021 - The Independent UK

Representatives for Boomtown and Parklife festivals told MPs of the impact of the pandemic and how it is threatening the very future of the live music industry

The coronavirus pandemic has had an “absolutely decimating” effect on the UK’s festival industry, representatives have said.

Organisers for Parklife and Boomtown festivals told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport how their employees had been forced to retrain after losing work over the past year.

In 2020, virtually all UK music festivals were forced to cancel as the government banned large public gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-...