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Live music events to return in Wales

Restrictions such as social distancing and one-way systems will remain in place at the events

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 1 June 2021
Live music events to return in Wales

The Welsh government have decided that live music events can continue in Wales, with restrictions according to the BBC.

The response to the news has been widely positive - but there is still uncertainty around how venues can respond to the various requirements that the government has put in place, including social distancing and one way systems.

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Kate Nichols, the chief executive of UKHospitality, spoke to the BBC about the new ruling, saying, "for many small venues it will simply be impossible for them to manage this with social distancing in place.

"Until we get that final bit of the jigsaw—the social distancing lifted—to be able to allow these businesses to return to profitability, then we're not at the end of the road yet for the sector."

Green Man sold out in 18 minutes after tickets were made available, though there is no guarantee that the event will take place. Wales lacks government-backed events insurance which means that many of the scheduled events are in precarious positions, this has also proven to be an issue in England, with many events having to cancel due to a lack of insurance.

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Gigs and concerts are permitted in England and Scotland (with Glasgow as an exception) as long as they are practicing social distancing, Northern Ireland is yet to permit these events.

Trial events for large-scale events and festivals have proven a success so far, with data showing that attending these events poses as little risk as 'going shopping'.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter

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