New York state bans all ticketed events, effectively cancelling all live music gigs

After some venues re-opened their doors, new coronavirus guidelines have forced the doors of New York’s bars and restaurants offering live music to close. All bars and restaurants in New York state offering any live…

Music Venue Trust welcomes UK Governments decision to allow indoor performances, but warns much more must be done

After the UK Government eased lockdown rules on live shows in England, Music Venue Trust warns that only a small percentage of venues will be financially able to re-open. Venues were orignally scheduled to re-open…

How has COVID-19 impacted Spotify’s growth in 2020? Q2 results reveal all

Spotify’s long-running global growth doesn’t seem to be slowing and with the huge success of their podcasts their 2020 seems to be unaffected by the global impact of Coronavirus. Spotify have unveiled their second quarter…

Lollapalooza to stream Lolla2020 virtual festival live on YouTube

Lollapalooza are to host a four-night broadcast this weekend, streaming exclusively live on YouTube, with over 150 pre-recorded and live performances. Streaming this Thursday 30th July – Sunday 2nd August, Lolla2020 will feature previous sets,…

COVID-19 can’t stop the streams: How music streaming has grown even more in 2020

Despite what some had predicted, music streaming has continued to grow worldwide in 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. Nielsen Music / MRC Data have given us our first insight into what happens…

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…

COVID-19 may be leading to increased streaming in Japan

According to a new survey, Japan’s transition from CD and downloads to streaming may have increased substancially due to COVID-19. CDs are still the favourite format of Japan, but streaming is quickly becoming more relevant,…

UK Government announce £1.57 billion in funding for the arts

After an outcry from those in the music industry for the Government to help out music venues with the #LetTheMusicPlay initiative, Boris Johnson announced £1.57bn in funding for the arts. In May, the Music Venue Trust…

BRIT Awards 2021 gets pushed back to May

Original scheduled for its usual February slot, next year’s BRIT Awards will take place 11th May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This move is to ensure a greater level of safety for the attendees…

Glastonbury festival warns they’ll “seriously go bankrupt” if they cancel 2021

2020 has been a devastating year for live music and festivals around the globe and a world favourite warns that a repeat could kill their livelihood. It’s been a circular news cycle the past few…