Music festivals represent another ‘lost summer’, warn MPs

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Music festivals face another ‘lost summer’ due to the government’s ‘refusal to cover insurance’ for events at risk of cancellation due to Covid restrictions, warn MPs

  • MPs fear events will be canceled due to ‘government refusal to cover insurance’
  • They say the decision to exclude support before all restrictions go away would be “too late.”
  • They want a time-limited insurance scheme put in place to help the festivals

British music festivals face another ‘lost summer’ over the government’s ‘refusal to take out insurance’ for events threatened to be canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions, MPs have warned.

Members of the Digital, Media, Culture and Sports Committee call on ministers to ‘take action now’ and provide a ‘safety net’ for live events after June 21.

They want ‘temporary insurance’ to be put in place to help the festivals. But the commission said the government’s decision to exclude aid before all roadmap restrictions are lifted would be “just too late for festivals this summer.”

Commission President Julian Knight said, “If the commercial insurance market doesn’t act, ministers must, and urgently.”

Members of the Digital, Media, Culture and Sports Committee are calling on ministers to ‘act now’ and provide a ‘safety net’ for live events after June 21. People are seen at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015

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