Blur frontman Damon Albarn has said that the UK's decision to quit the EU has been a "disaster" for young British musicians and "a travesty" for his country.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn has discussed his feelings on Brexit and labelled the consequences of Britain’s 2016 referendum a “disaster”.
Blur's Damon Albarn has told Sky News that there are people in government 'tainted by Brexit', which made the UK 'more remote' and 'diminished the value of arts and creativity'. He was speaking alongside his Blur bandmates - announcing a new album and first tour in 8 years.
Blur frontman says quitting the bloc has been a “disaster” for young musicians.
New analysis suggests that British artists are still missing out on opportunities to tour this festival season as the number of British musicians playing festivals across Europe is a third lower than before Brexit.
Industry being choked by ‘lots of red tape’, says Elton John’s husband – as British acts booked for EU festivals down by a third.
THE bizarre outcomes of Brexit bureaucracy were made uncomfortably clear to musician Steve Kettley when he found himself on a plane sitting next to his two saxophones.
The UK’s decision to separate from the European Union continues to reverberate and is overwhelmingly negative, according to the latest review of the country’s pro-AV market in the May print edition of AV Magazine.
UK lawmakers have urged EU and UK officials to gradually rebuild relations following a period of “tension and mistrust”, putting visa access for musicians and speedy UK access to the Horizon Europe research programme at the top of a list of policy fixes.
Chris Cusack, who manages Bloc in Glasgow, spoke out after German punk band Trigger Cut were blocked from entering the UK by border guards who ordered them to produce documents no one had previously informed them about.
Glasgow venue 'struggling' as 'confusing' Brexit rules threaten to kill independent music scene 15/04/2023
Bloc manager Chris Cusack has warned that Scotland is "haemorrhaging touring acts" due to Brexit rules and complications with documents that are leaving them out of pocket.
Post-Brexit rules on touring under fire as it emerges Trigger Cut may have been turned away due to not being full-time musicians.
Promoter claims ‘catastrophe’ has cost it more than £88k and accuses British government of hypocrisy.
‘It has absolutely curtailed people’s careers’ as they cannot take the same jobs abroad, he says.
Brexit has done "terrible damage" to opera and curtailed the careers of British singers, who are being forced to turn down roles in Europe, creatives have claimed.
After months of planning, Trigger Cut were looking forward to a UK tour… but then they got to the border.
LiveSource co-founders Debbie Gayle & Nick Mathius on breaking talent, Brexit and the live business 03/03/2023
Nick Mathius: "That is a nightmare. Before, we could just book and go, now we’ve got to take a list of every single thing we’re travelling with and make sure it’s correct. ..." / Debbie Gayle: “It changes things for new artists that may not have label backing or big budgets behind them because, ultimately, it will cost them more to tour and it may not make sense.”
Britain’s music industry is facing a crisis brought on by the cost of living and Brexit, artists have warned, as they struggle to make ends meet in the wake of the pandemic.
Glen Matlock has said musicians have “lost their freedom of movement” to tour in Europe due to the “Brexit debacle”. / The former Sex Pistols bassist, 66, criticised the Government for failing to secure ease of access for performers within the bloc.
Arts missing out on tens of millions from expanded EU fund, say campaigners.
Extra paperwork, border checks and additional costs for exports - Brexit has destroyed the livelihoods of countless musicians.
James Monteith of Tesseract/Cage Fight on what touring is like post-Brexit: “For all bands things have become more difficult, but the smaller bands are the ones who have been impacted the most” 12/12/2022
The Tesseract and Cage Fight guitarist on how touring Europe after Brexit means more paperwork, more time spent planning, and more expense – and what this means for the UK music scene. / Britain’s exit from the European Union has complicated life for the touring musician. Bands encounter more red tape and other logistical hurdles that make tours more difficult...
Brexit has caused sadness far and wide, but for very many musicians who are only just beginning to emerge from the Covid-induced touring dearth, Brexit has been a disaster. A survey conducted by musicians in 2021 revealed that 34 per cent of musicians had already lost work as a result of Brexit. A violinist said, “I am professionally paralysed by Brexit.”
UK’s Music Industry Could Face Huge Unemployment Due to Brexit-Related EU Travel Restrictions 07/11/2022
Britons part of the music industry in the United Kingdom have expressed their concerns that Brexit-related travel restrictions could lead to massive unemployment, thus urging the government to work with the EU towards the removal of these restrictions and other obstacles.
New analysis suggests that in the first post-Brexit festival season, the number of British bands playing festivals across Europe has fallen by almost half.