Musicians refusing to perform in UK due to ‘humiliating’ post-Brexit vote visa process and right-wing politicians, say festival bosses

Musicians refusing to perform in UK due to ‘humiliating’ post-Brexit vote visa process and right-wing politicians, say festival bosses

A humiliating and difficult visa process is stopping musicians from performing in UK. Chris Smith, the director of this weekend’s Womad world music festival, stated that enlisting performers to this year’s festival was a tough job due to the impact the UK visa process is having on foreign musicians and that, for the first time, musicians had rejected invitations rather than face the “humiliation” of confronting Britain’s visa services. Performers from 128 countries are scheduled…

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Brexit versus the U.K music industry

Brexit versus the U.K music industry

Brexit. Everybody’s least favourite word, turned into a viral soundbite for most of the last year. With the June snap election looming, many are wondering what the music industry is going to look like. The fallout from the vote itself was instantaneous. With the pound dropping and prices increasing for music downloads, equipment and potentially even live event tickets. This hits not only artists, but the general public as well. The UK music industry has…

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How will Brexit affect the U.K Music Industry

How will Brexit affect the U.K Music Industry

As the summer’s Brexit negotiations draw near. But the question of how the outcome will affect us and our livelihoods is increasingly relevant. Apart from the weakening of the pound. the true effects of leaving the EU remain to be seen. Assuming, as seems increasingly likely, the negotiations result in a ‘hard Brexit’. With no free market or free movement, the impact on the music sector will be significant. There are several, mostly negative effects, that we can likely…

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