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The future of UK music festivals

Inquiry

MPs will examine what support is needed for UK music festivals to return in 2021, as they consider the economic and cultural impact of festivals across the country.

With the vast majority of festivals cancelled in 2020 owing to COVID-19, the sector’s revenues have dropped by 90%. The predominantly freelance workforce and other parts of the festival supply chain have been similarly affected. However, social distancing requirements and public health uncertainty present further risks for festival organisers.

MPs will consider how to secure festivals in the face of these immediate pressures and other long-term challenges.

Read the call for evidence and Terms of Reference for more detail about the inquiry.

Work news

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Report blames government inaction over insurance as festivals face another lost summer
Ministers ignored warnings and multiple opportunities to give insurance backing for cancellations
29 May 2021
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Government Culture Minister faces questions on the restart of festival season
Committee to question Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage on the Government’s plans to support the reopening of the festivals sector this summer
22 March 2021
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Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja to tell MPs why festivals must reduce environmental impact
Committee to take evidence from Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja into their inquiry on the future of UK music festivals.
12 March 2021
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Chair calls on Chancellor to provide urgent support to enable opening up of festivals’ sector
Chair urges the Chancellor to announce support next week to encourage more festivals to go ahead this summer.
26 February 2021
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MPs to hear from Notting Hill Carnival on the importance of festivals to local communities
Committee to take evidence from Notting Hill Carnival on the importance of festivals to local communities
28 January 2021
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Committee urges Chancellor to extend safety net to save summer festivals
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee writes to the Chancellor
7 January 2021
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MPs to hear from Boomtown and Parklife organisers on 2021 music festivals return
Committee to hear from Boomtown and Parklife in their first hearing into the future of UK music festivals
4 January 2021
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DCMS Committee to examine the future of UK music festivals
Committee launch new inquiry on the future of UK music festivals
11 November 2020
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