Inquiry launched to examine future of UK music festivals

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has announced a new inquiry on the future of UK music festivals.

With the majority of 2020 festivals cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, revenues are down by 90% across the sector, which is estimated to have generated £1.76 billion in GVA last year.

The inquiry will consider 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.

MPs will also consider the impact on communities, ticket holders and suppliers from the potential collapse of festival businesses, as well as the considerable freelance workforce affected by cancellations. 

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