There’s No Business For Show Business – Brooke Harwood

The British theatre industry reportedly employs around 290,000 people (as of 2018), making it one of a significant employer within the UK live sector as a whole. With the continuing disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, theatre has undoubtedly taken a substantial financial hit as a result of the virus. LMX research intern, Brooke Harwood, writes here about the efforts made to save a beleaguered theatre industry and the theatre companies’ determination to provide beloved festive shows in 2020.  

Covid and the Welsh Music Industries – Paul Carr

In this post, Professor Paul Carr of the University of South Wales outlines a recent report presented to the Welsh Government’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on the Welsh music industries. Here, he summarises key findings and recommendations, and reflects on the process of conducting the research.  

Looking for silver linings – Abigail Dunn

In this post, Live Music Exchange student intern Abigail Dunn considers the environmental impact of music, and offers some personal reflections on whether the current crisis provides an opportunity to take stock of how to address this.  

Pop music festivals and (cultural) policies – New IASPM Journal special issue

In this post, we’re introducing a special issue of the Journal of The International Association for the Study of Popular Music co-edited by the Live Music Exchange’s Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr, with Beate Flath. Festivals, along with live music in general, are increasingly a part of the broader political process and, relatedly, the cultural policy process. This timely issue approaches the politics of popular music festivals from a range of theoretical and geographical perspectives.  

A Tribute to Dave Laing

The Popular Music scholar and writer, Dave Laing died suddenly on 6th January 2019. Amongst many other things, Dave was a very good friend to Live Music Exchange, someone to whom we often turned to for advice and help. Both were always freely given in a wonderfully supportive way. In this post, we offer an LMX tribute to Dave.  

Fall Guy – Martin Cloonan

Mark E Smith, leader of English post-punk group The Fall, died on 24 January 2018. To mark the anniversary of Smith’s death Live Music Exchange co-founder Martin Cloonan provides some thoughts on the band’s live appearances.  

Sexual Violence at Gigs – Rosemary Lucy Hill

Our latest post, by Dr. Rosemary Lucy Hill, discusses recent research into sexual violence at gigs, and introduces the report and recommendations from the project ‘Healthy Music Audiences: Music, Gender and Health’.