On Tuesday 11th August #WeMakeEvents will take action across the UK to raise awareness and shine a light on the imminent collapse of the UK touring, festival and events industry.
Manchester will be the only location to hold a march in order to draw attention to the
numbers of people and their livelihoods affected by the government closure of the events
This world-class industry is on the edge of losing a wealth of talent, expertise and a culture
like no other across the world, with 114,000 of jobs at risk. A major concern is that only 50% of these companies have the capital to get them through the next 4 months.
Greater Manchester Production & Events Industry companies and freelancers have come
together to hold an event outside of London to support the campaign and show this is an
issue across the UK.
The Manchester music community is also pledging its support, with New Order, Doves, Mani and Blossoms helping raise awareness for the initiative and the march.
“Our industry is in need of urgent action. Due to the Covid-19 crisis the whole music & live events sector has been devastated. So many skilled people are at risk of being lost to the whole industry if government support doesn’t come soon. Millions of talented people, including many people close to us, need help now. Please join together to support the campaign and call for the government to act now!”
The Manchester Music & Events industry march will start at 12:00 on Tuesday 11th August. The march will include a flight case push across a designated route through the city – from Manchester Academy through to St. Peters Square – that will pass iconic venues, that are currently shuttered.
The march will be compliant with Covid-19 safety regulations. This will include strict social
distancing and hygiene procedures, showcasing the discipline and professionalism of the
#WeMakeEvents are also working in partnership with Music Support, a charity supporting those in any area of the UK music industry suffering addiction, emotional or mental health issues.