More than 715 buildings across the UK were lit up red in August to symbolise the current danger that over one million professionals working in the live events industry face unless the government provides immediate financial support. As part of PLASA’s #WeMakeEvents campaign, 20 cities hosted events to raise awareness of the struggling supply chain that facilitates events across the country. Live concerts, festivals, and theatre performances may not safely reopen until early 2021 due to social distancing guidance and many redundancies have already been made. The campaign has received international support from the likes of Nile Rodgers, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Frank Skinner, Leona Lewis, The Cure, Paloma Faith, Imogen Heap, Doc Brown, and Trevor Horn, in the hope the UK’s world-renowned live events industry can keep its head above water throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In the capital, hundreds of socially distanced supporters dressed in red gathered along the banks of the Thames and asked the Government to ‘throw us a line’ as a boat made its way past a number of key locations. The boat saw incredible live performances from legendary Level 42 frontman Mark King and folk singer Frank Turner who made it an unforgettable day of action, setting the stage for the next step of the campaign: to get the industry’s voice heard and effect immediate action from the UK Government.
This video podcast captures the voice of the freelancer within the live events sector: sound and lighting engineers and riggers, all of whom find themselves without work for the forseeable.
Watch this video podcast with some of the heavy hitters within the live events sector: Peter Heath (Plasa); Andy Dockerty (Adlib); James Gordon (Audiotonix); and Koy Neminathan (Avolites).
We chat to revered producer and Yes band member Trevor Horn on the boat at the #WeMakeEvents London event about the importance of freelancers in the live events sector.
Phil Wright (FOH)
We catch up with FOH engineer and sound designer Phil Wright who should be working on live shows for Ministry of Sound right now, but like all freelancers in this sector is currently without work.