Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones are among the more than 1,500 musicians who asked the British government to step in and save their world-renowned live music industry from the devastation caused by the c0ronavirus epidemic.
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Rod Stewart, Little Mix, Coldplay and Dua Lipa also signed an open letter that the ban on large concentrations of people in response to the virus could spell "the end of this world-leading industry."
"With no end to social distancing in sight and without financial support from the government having been agreed, the future of concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak," the letter noted.
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Summer festivals are a major generator of employment and income in Britain. All have been canceled this year, or have been transformed into online events by COVID-19.
The British government said it is already supporting millions of laid-off workers, including in the culture sector, and is studying what additional support it can provide.
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It is worth mentioning that not only in the United Kingdom are they concerned about the situation of live music, because also in Mexico, the United States and the world in general, the massive events are being canceled and it is not known until when they will return.
The Pal Norte in Mexico was recently canceled, an event that had already been postponed. This event allowed musicians and fans to enjoy a spectacular live show, one of the best in Mexico, however, it is leaving a void that causes anxiety, as there is fear of not being able to return to the stage and enjoy the Live music and enjoy it with all the senses.
In the same way in the United States, the annual Jay-Z festival in Philadelphia, Made in America, will not be celebrated either. "2020 is a year like no other. We are at a pivotal moment in the history of this nation. Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systematic racism and police brutality, "said Roc Nation.
So far it only remains to wait a little longer to see if all this improves and live music returns, as the musicians have their business on indefinite hiatus.