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MPs to discuss future of UK music festivals in new DCMS Committee inquiry

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MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee are set to examine ways to safeguard the future of UK music festivals following an extremely tough year for the sector as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 festival season was shelved due to the health crisis, with major festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Wireless all cancelling their scheduled events this year.

The DCMS Committee have now launched an inquiry into the survival of UK music festivals in the future, with the Committee noting that festival cancellations have resulted in revenues being down by 90% in 2020.

The Committee say that their inquiry will “consider UK Government policy to support music festivals due to take place in 2021 in the face of immediate pressures, and consider the economic and cultural contribution that music festivals make to the UK”.

The inquiry will also look into the possibility of festivals resuming next year if they are COVID-19 secure “and comply with all relevant legislation” — however, “social distancing requirements will determine the financial and logistical viability of an event”.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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