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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
VENUES IN CRISIS MODE
12/15/21

The U.K.’s grassroots music venue sector is once again facing crisis, according to a statement from the Music Venue Trust, which says attendance to shows has dropped 23% since the announcement of new restrictions last week and the growing threat of the Omicron variant.

MVT cites a “catastrophic drop” in attendance, advance ticket sales and spend per head from 12/6-13, which it says places the sector back on red alert for the risk of permanent closures.

A survey of 284 respondents shows that 86% of venues have been negatively impacted by the public’s response to the Omicron variant.

During the same period, 76% of grassroots venues saw a decrease in their gross income, which declined 27% on average. In addition, 79% reported a rise in no-shows, with the average increase sitting at 23%, while 74% saw a decrease in advance ticket sales by 27%, on average.

Nearly 70% of venues had to cancel at least one event during the same time period, which was primarily due to a performer or member of the touring party testing positive for COVID-19 or poor sales. The amount of estimated gross income that’s been lost during the week sits at £1.9m.

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