Download festival booker and Live Nation promoter Andy Copping has spoken exclusively to Kerrang! about the future of live music in the UK.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the summer festival season has been cancelled, with many more tours being postponed until 2021. Earlier today (June 19), concert promoters Live Nation announced they would be staging drive-in gigs across the UK featuring a variety of artists across the musical spectrum.
In an exclusive video interview with Kerrang!, Andy has shed further light on where he thinks the live music business is going in the the near-future.
“Socially-distanced gigs, how we know it, are impossible. Rock gigs are all about everybody getting together – the community, the closeness – and not just the closeness of the fans, but the closeness of getting right next to the stage and close to the act. Social distancing is going to be virtually impossible for rock shows.
“We’re working on something at the moment called ‘drive-in shows’ where people can come – obviously it’s a limited amount of people – in cars and bands are going to be playing. It’s a wide variety of acts that are doing it, but they’re all guitar bands for the most part. It’ll be interesting to see how that works, ’cause we’ve gotta do something to energise and get the business going, because at the moment nobody can go to anything, there’s nothing on.
“The concern is that we might not see gigs as we know it this year, certainly in the bigger rooms. I’m hoping that some of the smaller venues will be up and operating towards the end of this year, and that will hopefully energise the live business and we can get back to some kind of normality in early 2021.”