UK music venues are threatened with permanent closure because skyrocketing energy prices are expected to quadruple .
You’ve got all the sound, the stage, the lighting. It literally is all about electricity. Without electricity, there’s nothing.
The pandemic, the cost of living, the Russia/ Ukrainian energy crisis could spell the end of the UK’s live music scene as we know it.
“Without action from the government, we are now modelling that this will close more venues than the pandemic,” he argued. “We don’t see any other outcome.” says Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd
“It feels weird to say it, but unlike during COVID when you could go, ‘OK, we need to raise some money now because in a year’s time the venues will be open’, we can’t do that now because they’ll have to pay another electricity bill next year and the year after that, obviously. I can’t see any end to this unless venues put their prices up.”