The Chemical Brothers, Blur, Primal Scream, and Radiohead are among the artists pleading with the government to make it simpler for British musicians to tour in Europe after Brexit.
The artists warn that following the UK’s exit from the EU, UK performers will face “insurmountable financial and logistical difficulties,” and they urge ministers to “rescue” EU touring.
It comes after new post-Brexit laws, which went into effect at the beginning of 2021, made it clear that artists will no longer be able to travel freely inside the EU without a visa.
Many have banded together as part of the #LetTheMusicMove campaign, which calls on the government to eliminate the extra expenditures and “bureaucracy” that they claim prevent them from touring across Europe.
The government has been chastised for failing to achieve an agreement that would allow musicians and performers to work and travel freely in the EU following Brexit.
After receiving more than 280,000 signatures, a petition requesting paperwork-free travel was considered in parliament in February.
More than 100 artists and creatives signed a protest letter with identical requests in January, including Sir Elton John, Liam Gallagher, and Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis.
According to the industry association UK Music, live music contributed £1.3 billion to the economy in 2019 and £86 million in exports. According to the organization, 845,000 international music aficionados visited the UK in that year, sustaining 45,633 jobs.
Music touring necessitates the ability of performers and teams to move between multiple countries in a short period of time.
The loss of free movement for Britons in Europe was brought about by Brexit, which added significant expenses, paperwork, and work permits to tours in many of the 27 member states.
The UK government and Brussels both blame each other for the lack of progress, claiming that the other side rejected their offers.