Hundred of musicians and music organizations have called on the U.K. Government to act urgently to help the live music industry.

Stars from the U.K.’s music industry alongside venues and thousands of workers have issued an impassioned plea for support to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic during what should have been the country’s world-famous festival season.

Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Rod Stewart and Liam Gallagher are among more than 1,500 artists who signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden.

Many of them were due to perform at festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, and hundreds more across the country.
Hundreds of other key people in the music industry have also added their names.

Unable to operate with any level of social distancing, concerts and festivals are unlikely to take place again in the U.K. until 2021.

In the joint letter, the artists say that the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

“Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry,” the letter says.

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