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‘Lost summer’ for music festivals Published Date: 08/06/2021

A report into the future of UK music festivals by the DCMS Select Committee finds the sector faces another ‘lost summer' directly as a result of the Government's refusal to back insurance for events at risk of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It calls on Ministers to act now by providing a safety net for live events scheduled to take place after 21 June by introducing a time-limited insurance scheme.

The report also highlighted environmental concerns, recommending that ‘Before 2023 festival season the Government, Local Government Association and representatives from festival sector should develop standardised environmental objectives that councils must adopt when licensing festivals’.