McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Dua Lipa lead petition to the British Government to support the music industry

Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, among other artists, have asked the British Government to help the world of live music in the face of the strong impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector. Some 1,500 artists, including Dua Lipa, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Beverley Knight or Little Mix, have delivered a letter to the Minister of Culture, Oliver Dowden, to let him know of the difficulties faced by singers and centers that organize musical shows. The signatories insist that the sector faces “bankruptcy” since the organization of festivals and other shows is not planned until 2021. “With no end in sight of social distance or financial support from the Government, the future of concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them seem bleak, “they state in the letter. The artists ask for a “clear” schedule on the reopening of the concerts, as well as financial support or the elimination of VAT on the sale of tickets. Today Paul joins artists, promotors, agents, venues and more in asking the UK government to protect the live music industry. Share photos and videos of the last show you went to using the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay to show your support! – Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 2, 2020 I’m joining with musicians & music lovers to ask our government to provide support to the live music industry at this time of crisis. Please join me by sharing photos of the last pre-lockdown gig you went to, using #LetTheMusicPlay (Pics: Royal Albert Hall, 30 September 2016) – David Gilmour (@davidgilmour) July 2, 2020 Live music must be protected! Share memories of your last gig using #letthemusicplay and lets make sure the message is heard by the UK Government.📷: DC Arena, Bangkok, Nov 30th (Sharon Latham) – Noel Gallagher (@NoelGallagher) July 2, 2020 Every band has to start somewhere (in time), & Iron Maiden were no exception. 90% of the UK’s grassroots music venues are under threat of closure due to Covid-19Please show your support for live music & share a photo / video from the last gig you went to, tagging #LetTheMusicPlay – Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) July 2, 2020 Show your support for live music and share a photo from the last gig you went to with # LetTheMusicPlayHere’s the setlist from the Rolling Stones last live show in Miami in 2019 – The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 2, 2020