More from Richard Smirke, Billboard
With the coronavirus outbreak showing no signs of abating, the number of European countries banning public performances continues to rise. Yet despite nearly all of its neighbors introducing bans on public events, the United Kingdom — one of the world’s largest live music markets — remained one of the few touring hotspots to resist pressure to suspend concerts and sporting events.
Three teenagers were arrested in connection with the blaze that affected 150 companies, including U.K.-based indies like XL and Domino, whose rosters include Adele and Arctic Monkeys.
U.K. music bodies the BPI and PPL are hailing the success of a joint legal action which has resulted in prison sentences for the father and son team behind a operation selling pirated music to clubs in north-east England.