The impact on music festivals from Coronavirus in 2020

For anyone who loves the festival season – definitely us – 2020 has been a very sad year for live music, but just how deep is the impact of the global shutdowns? The heat of…

Kerrang! delays their return to print, future uncertain

British music magazine Kerrang! took themselves off the shelves with the uncertainty of COVID and we don’t know when they’ll be back. In April, renowned rock music magazine Kerrang! decided to pause publication due to…

Coachella festival announces plans for a return

Along with Stagecoach Music Festival, Coachella have announced their return after cancelling this years festivals due to COVID-19. Coachella will be returning next year – at least, that’s the plan for now. They had originally…

Record Store Day UK won’t be cancelled, just different

Organisers of the annual Record Store Day have revealed their plans for the upcoming event with the situation in mind. Record Store Day UK have revealed a new date for their event celebrating music. In…

How are Spotify doing during Coronavirus? They publish 2020 Q1 report

Spotify have released their Q1 earnings report for the year, revealing how they’re doing following their best year ever and during an unprecedented pandemic. Spotify have revealed that they’ve seen faster growth than ever before…

Celebrities and educators come together on a series of new COVID-19 YouTube Originals

Great content is helping a lot of us to keep on going through the lockdowns and YouTube have announced some exciting new content. A bunch of new YouTube Originals will feature celebrities, popular YouTubers and…

EU provides guide for return to public life, concerts & festivals to be the last

The EU have outlined guidelines for member states to return to normality but unfortunately live music will be the last to return. A new document released by the European Union provides a “roadmap to lifting…

Spotify introduce a custom fundraising button for every artist to add

Spotify have launched Artist Fundraising Pick so that artists can add a fundraiser to their profile which fans can donate to. For the last month Spotify having been building a fantastic new addition to their…

Twitch hires Spotify director to create products for musicians

As lockdown makes Twitch one of the most popular sites in the world, their new hire will help broaden their horizons. Twitch have announced that Tracy Chan will be joining their team as the head…

Ticketmaster listens to disgruntled fans, allows refunds on postponed shows

Ticketmaster have reversed on their policy regarding COVID cancellations after meeting the ire of hundreds-of-thousands of customers. The live events industry has been hit hard by the current situation, with all concerts, shows, and performances…