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THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/2a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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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