Van Morrison Criticizes Lockdowns as Live Music Loses 170,000 Jobs – Digital Music News

Van Morrison performing in Canada in 2010. Photo Credit: sahlgoode

LIVE, an advocate of the UK live music industry, has indicated in a report that the British live music industry will lose nearly 170,000 jobs by 2020’s end. Van Morrison, a vocal critic of lockdown measures and large-gathering restrictions, has lamented the “decimation of a sector.”

LIVE recently published the corresponding analysis, and Van Morrison – who released a trio of lockdown-protest songs and donated the profits to musicians – promptly responded with a formal statement. Per the report, 64 percent of British live music industry employees, or roughly 168,000 people, will become unemployed by 2021 owing to ongoing crowd-based entertainment limitations. Within the disconcerting figure, over 26,000 permanent positions (as well as some 140,000 freelance roles) stand to be eliminated by Christmas.

Fifteen percent of live-music pros have already left the industry, and as a whole, live music’s revenue will dip 80.5 percent this year, compared to 2019.

Building upon the points, the Music Venue Trust (which is part of LIVE) said in mid-August “that the vast majority of grassroots music venues” are financially and/or physically unable to comply with the government requirements and reopen their doors. That same month, while performing a series of socially distanced shows in England, Van Morrison called for Source…