Organisers have warned MPs that cancelling festivals will have a huge impact on the industry.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (DCMS) spoke with bosses of Britain’s biggest festivals today.

In 2020, practically all festivals were cancelled due to Covid-19.

Today, organisers of Boomtown and Parklife told MPs of the impact Covid-19 has had on their festivals, suppliers and staff.

Anna Wade, communications and strategy director of Boomtown, explained festivals are “mini cities”. There are so many people who lost jobs.

Sacha Lord, co-founder of Parklife and the Warehouse Project said “if we have another year like 2020, we’ve got serious problems”.

They are relying on the roll-out of the vaccines, but fear it may not reach the young adult audience that attends in time.

There were also concerns about booking international talent, due to Brexit.

Due to the new Brexit deal, there will be huge new costs and paperwork which will restrict booking overseas artists and crew.

Kevin Brennan MP released these tweets after the meeting:

Emily Eavis, organiser of Glastonbury, stated that the festival is not cancelled, yesterday:

This was after Mel B claimed, “I know Glastonbury has been cancelled” on BBC 5 Live. 

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