UK festivals return set to be discussed by Culture Minister and committee this week

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22 Mar 2021, 11:33

This is music to our ears - literally. The debate how and when festivals will be able to make a comeback this summer. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee are set to question Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage on March 24th.

Question marks still hang over many of the UK’s festivals this year due to pandemic but it seems like the disco ball could get rolling. 

A press release for the meeting said: “The DCMS Committee will question Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage on the Government’s plans to support the reopening of the festivals sector this summer.

“The closing session of the inquiry into the future of UK music festivals will focus on what the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown means for festivals and the decision-making behind plans for pilot events.

“MPs will also raise issues heard in the evidence to the inquiry so far such as the need for Government underwritten Covid-19 cancellation insurance, support for freelancers and the festivals supply chain, as well as drug safety and environmental concerns.

"The inquiry was launched to examine what is needed to ensure the survival of UK music festivals after most festivals were cancelled in 2020 due to covid-19 restrictions.”

Reading & Leeds 2021 is set to go ahead over the August bank holiday, as is Latitude Festival in July and All Points East in August.

Paul Reed, CEO of the UK’s Association Of Independent Festival, told NME recently: “Festival organisers have been talking for several months about alternative line-ups and what they might look like for the obvious reasons of travel restrictions.

“I think the general sense out there is that it won’t really matter to audiences this year in terms who headlines and who’s playing.”