Nightclubs, bars and music venues face “extinction” unless urgent government action is taken, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.
Some businesses have been unable to open at all since March of last year and others have already gone under.
Before Covid famous artists were performing to sell-out concerts like Leo Sayer’s Annual UK Tour. Those concerts have been wiped out by the pandemic. From September this year Leo has a Tour with more than 30 venues planned. If the past is an indication all dates will quickly be sold out but whether they be allowed to go ahead is anybody’s guess at this stage.
This time last year, Jeremy Joseph’s club Heaven in London was hosting the Pussycat Dolls to a packed crowd – now the doors are firmly shut.
“To be honest, you talk about financial support from the government, it’s not really worth talking about,” said Jeremy, who also owns other venues.
“We are not getting the monies that we need, for example rent for our four venues is £409,000 a quarter so the government giving £3,000 a month ain’t gonna touch the sides.” Nightclub owners insist venues can be made COVID-19 safe
The report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy has found that 85% of people working in the industry are thinking of leaving.
In total, nightclubs, bars, pubs and music venues, plus their suppliers, have made more than a third of their workforce redundant.