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Looking beyond the pandemic – Brooke Harwood and Jolene Zhu Zhou

This post features two pieces from the LMX student interns – Brooke Harwood and Jolene Zhu Zhou – looking at the effect of social distancing on live music and, with an end to the pandemic hopefully in sight, at some of the emerging possibilities for performers and the live music sector at large.  

What Brexit Means for Touring – Jolene Zhu Zhou

With the UK now outside of the EU, and the ramifications of that decision making themselves felt, live music practitioners and their representative bodies are impressing upon the government the need for action to alleviate the situation amidst grave concern over the scale of the difficulties faced by artists and touring personnel. In this blog post, LMX student intern Jolene Zhu Zhou discusses the damage that Brexit could do to UK artists’ touring prospects, and responses from industry and parliamentary figures.  

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.  

Safer spaces policies are really useful: Introducing a new Guide on how to write one – Rosemary Lucy Hill

Our latest post is by Rosemary Lucy Hill, Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture, University of Huddersfield. Here she introduces research into sexual violence and harassment at gigs, and the guide that emerged from it about how to write a ‘safer spaces’ policy.  

Home thoughts on festive occasions – Simon Frith

In our latest blog post, Live Music Exchange co-founder Professor Simon Frith OBE reflects on the history of festivals, along with how they have been studied, and considers the implications of Covid-19 for their future.  

‘Virtually Knockengorroch’ The festival season goes virtual: one promoter’s perspective – Katch Holmes

This week’s blog post sees Katch Holmes – organiser of the Knockengorroch Festival – reflect on the process of taking it online in the face of the Covid-19 lockdown.  

The Birmingham Live Music Project Map – Craig Hamilton

Our latest post is by Dr Craig Hamilton (Birmingham City University) and introduces the Birmingham music map – part of the Birmingham Live Music Project that he is working on with Dr Patrycja Rozbicka and Live Music Exchange’s Dr Adam Behr. Craig provides an overview of the map’s functions and a walkthrough of the technical aspects of creating it.  

Journal of a Plague Week – Simon Frith

Our latest post is by Professor Simon Frith OBE, Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, former Chair of the Mercury Prize, music critic, and co-founder of Live Music Exchange. Here, he reflects on past gigs and the curtailment of live music activity as a result of Covid-19, from a personal and sociological perspective.  

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.  

Gender Representation in TRNSMT’s 2020 Line-Up – Abigail Dunn

In this post, Live Music Exchange student intern Abigail Dunn offers a personal take on the recent controversy over the lack of gender balance in the 2020 TRNSMT festival lineup.  

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.  

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