For the best part of a year, the music industry was forced to pull down its shutters with no road map in place for its reopening.
A report conducted by UK Music, found that Covid-19 had prompted a pulverising "domino effect" in the music sector, “with cancelled gigs depriving musicians of income they would have spent on hiring studios to make new records”. The same report estimated that the termination of concerts and festivals caused live music revenues to fall by a colossal 85% in 2020, with smaller venues across London unable to withstand the absence of live music goers, thereby facing permanent closure.
Lockdown changed London’s music sector irrevocably. Independent artists, businesses, venues and publications were compelled to pause, reassess their existing models, reinvent the wheel and embrace a new normal. In the first few months of 2021 Clash chronicled this transition, interviewing reputable industry figures based in London, uncovering how Covid-19 affected the creative output of these individuals and industries just as it began to cast its shadow and the ways in which they adapted to survive the lengthy lay-off.
The result is a raw, candid and unflinching three-part documentary foregrounding the resilience, resourcefulness and innovation of London’s music sector, responding to an unfathomable crisis and reviving itself anew in a post-pandemic world.
Part One features contributions by DJ Jess Bays, grime heavy hitter Manga Saint Hilare, Clash Editor Robin Murray, NME News Editor Andrew Trendell, Gavin Newman from Metropolis Studios, LWE events, Relentless and more.
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