Brexit touring fiasco was met with huge backlash | KOKO relaunch set for spring 2022 | Danny Wimmer Presents attendance numbers are off the charts

Bad news first.

The UK government’s victory announcement regarding the addition of Romania to the list of now 20 EU states that allow musicians and performers visa-free travel without work permits was met with huge backlash from the music industry.

10 months into the government’s Brexit deal and it has resulted in one in three jobs lost and over-the-top costs for musicians and crew to tour. The music industry has decided enough is enough, claiming that the government is serving up a “poisoned chalice, and they’ve presented it like a glass of champagne”. Some industry leaders have accused the government of “spin and meaningless posturing” due to the fact that these rules already existed before Brexit and so no real negotiations were held to resolve the major issues.

musician performing on stage

After more than 280,000 people signed a petition calling for visa-free touring through the EU for artists and crew, a recent poll found that voters want the government to “actually engage to create meaningful solutions for creatives and support staff” instead of presenting “partial truths and leaving artists and their staff with a confusing and dangerous situation.”

Fingers crossed the government does more to support the the £6 billion music industry.🤞

Out with the old, in with the new.

After three years, the iconic KOKO music venue, located in north London, is officially relaunching in spring 2022 after a £70 million state-of-the-art facelift. A fire in the venue, colossal water damage and the pandemic have delayed the reopening by two years. The remodelling was overseen by Founder and CEO Olly Bengough in partnership with SISTER, a global content company.

One of London’s most adored venues, KOKO, first opened under the name Camden Theatre in 1900 and has hosted well known artists like: Charlie Chaplin, The Rolling Stones, and The Clash. In 2004 they became KOKO and have since featured many big name artists like Madonna, Prince, Amy Whinehouse and Coldplay.

KOKO music venue in London

With the new renovations, the venue is believed to offer an “unrivalled experience for live music fans”.  We’re talking about 50,000 square feet, 360 stages for artists to perform and memories that will last a lifetime.

After the news of the opening of a brand new venue, Amazing Grace, located in London Bridge, this is such a breath of fresh air. We can’t wait to see these venues in action!

Everyone is giving 110%.

The US independent promoter, Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), has set the bar high for event professionals with skyrocketing attendance numbers for its events: Louder Than Life, Aftershock and Inkcarceration.

Their Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky attracted its biggest crowd yet with 160,000 fans over a 4-day weekend. Aftershock in Sacramento, California sold out with 145,000 attendees across four days. And just last weekend, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio had over 70,000 fans.

concert crowd

Everybody has been demanding live events for so long now. “Nobody's taking anything for granted, everyone is giving 110%”, says DWP founder Danny Wimmer. “There’s something special happening…the energy that crowds are giving back…these festivals have been on another level.”

DWP plans to end their festival series with a banger presenting Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida happening from November 11-14.

Things are looking up for live entertainment and we are ready for a busy 2022. Rock on! 🤘