Emily Eavis urges government to back live events ahead of We Make Events day of action

Emily Eavis has called on the UK government to show greater support the live events industry ahead of tomorrow’s (September 30) We Make Events day of action, which is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a Twitter post, the Glastonbury organiser issued an urgent call for the government to back the heavily impacted sector. Since live events ground to a halt back in March, thousands of jobs have been affected, with freelance workers such as touring crew, engineers and venue staff without work, many of which have received no financial support. Eavis also highlighted the work of We Make Events and its efforts to highlight the huge crisis facing the industry.

Launched earlier this year, by trade organisation PLASA, #WeMakeEvents has become an independent entity steered by a collective of industry trade bodies, including PLASA, businesses and freelancers. It held its first day of action on August 11, when over 715 venues and buildings across the UK were lit up in red to signal the urgency of the situation. In London, a boat illuminated in red travelled along the Thames, passing the Royal Festival Hall, the London Eye, the National Theatre and the Tate, which were all lit in red.

As the boat reached key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers dressed in red and 4,000 socially distanced supporters lined up on the banks of the Thames to ask the government to ‘throw us a line’. Performances from Level 42 frontman Mark King and folk rock singer Frank Turner were also on display on the boat.

The We Make Events next day of action (Wednesday, September 30) will also feature a wide range of illuminations, art installations and projections in a bid to spread word of the urgency of the situation facing the industry.

The live events business is a significant contributor to the economy, with the creative sector generating more than £100 million every year.

You can find out more about We Make Events and tomorrow’s day of action at https://www.wemakeevents.com/global-action-day/