Hello! It feels like such a long time since I’ve been able to post on my blog. I hope you’re all doing well, has anyone else had a crazy few weeks? We’ve moved into a new-build and have to wait for weeks to have a cable drilled from the pavement to the house… a bit of a palaver! I have been really missing being able to write my blog, I haven’t had it for long but really enjoy creating posts. As we haven’t had any internet, I’ve been writing posts as they come to me on Word… So I will be posting much more frequently in the coming weeks.
M and I have also been back at work in the hospitality industry. I have to say, I was initially VERY nervous about going back to work. As everyone has said, we all need to get back to some form of normality at some-point, which I completely agree with, but I am naturally a worrier. Despite this, opening weekend was great. It was so lovely to be able to see locals that I haven’t seen for months, and my friends I work with.
Let The Music Play
So, little life update over… let’s talk about the music industry. You may have seen this campaign on your social media, #letthemusicplay, which highlights the urgent situation artists, venues and all those involved with gigs/ tours etc. are in due to the pandemic. The music industry and festivals support and overwhelming number of jobs, as well as adding £4.5bn to the economy last year. Some of the most popular artists and bands globally come out of the UK,. and we have some of the best venues. Even though it is not enough, the government has put forward £1.57bn towards the arts after a public outcry.
Unfortunately, independent music venues have been struggling for quite some time now. In 2019, one of my local independent music venues, The Cellar in Oxford, sadly had to close its doors for good. It’s incredibly sad when this happens as small, independent venues give bands the chance to be seen, make connection and develop. I have seen numerous up and coming bands through independent music venues – they’re actually pretty integral to our culture.
It may sound so cliché but music has always been a huge part of my life. I love going to festivals, I think I’m at my happiest dancing in a field with some of my best friends and I try and go to gigs whenever I can. Once we’re allowed, we need to support small venues and the music industry in general more than ever. A lot of the tickets I bought pre-COVID are valid for next year instead.
Just a little side note for when you can go back to a gig, ALWAYS check out the support band. I have discovered some of my new favourite bands through them supporting bigger bands.