Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers among UK music stars ask for help on post-Brexit tour
LONDON – More than 200 musical artists, including Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, backed a campaign on Wednesday calling on the UK government to cut costs and paperwork to make post-Brexit tours of Europe easier.
Five years after the British voted to leave the European Union, the #LetTheMusicMove campaign claims that Brexit spending, restrictions and bureaucracy “make European touring unsustainable and threaten the future success of British music”.
Britain’s departure from the bloc, completed in December, ended the freedom of movement of Britons and EU citizens in countries on the other. British musicians wishing to perform in Europe now face red tape and additional costs once touring resumes.
“It is essential that bands, artists, musicians and DJs can travel to Europe at all levels of their careers. Europe is part of the geographic workspace, ”Primal Scream bassist Simone Marie Butler said in a statement.
The campaign, organized by the Featured Artists’ Coalition trade body, calls for a “transitional support program” to help cover new touring costs, measures overcoming the rules on touring vehicles and a “long-term plan viable “for UK artists and their teams. working in the EU “without a permit or expensive bureaucracy”.
He also asks for reciprocal freedoms for European artists when they come to perform in Great Britain.
“Tours in the EU and the need to put in place the right processes for easy and economical access to Europe are more crucial than ever at the moment,” said rock band Skunk Anansie.
“It is the lifeblood of bands and artists, not just financially, but in order to expand their fan base and bring their art to a wider audience.”
The campaign follows other calls to action from UK musicians.
In January, Sting, Ed Sheeran and Elton John were among more than 100 signatories to a letter published in Time newspaper, urging the government to negotiate a reciprocal agreement allowing touring artists to travel without paperwork.
Britain and Brussels have blamed each other for the problem, with each side saying their proposals in the talks were rejected by the other. JB
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