#WeMakeEvents - Live Music Venues turn their lights red
On the night of the 11th of August, following a silent protest organised in Manchester by affected live entertainment professionals, live music and theatre venues have turned their lights red asking for more support.
The whole industry already came together in early July with the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, featuring initiatives to secure enough funds to guarantee the survival of grassroots entertainment venues. More recently the Professional Light and Sound Association (PLASA) has also been highlighting the challenges faced by live events professionals, often freelancers, who won't be able to get back to work until mass gatherings will resume safely.
— Daisy Jackson (@daisyejackson) August 12, 2020
Several established bands and artists also spoke up acknowledging the value of their crew and the importance of grassroots music venues for the development of new musicians
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) August 11, 2020
#WeMakeEvents R E D A L E R T
The events sector urgently needs government support to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
Without major immediate support from government, the entire live events sector supply chain is at risk of collapse.
— The Cure (@thecure) July 31, 2020
In support of the #WeMakeEvents campaign, music, theatre and culture venues all over the country have lighted up in red for the second time since the pandemic, with creative professionals joining the protests in London with their mobile phones screen also turned red.
— Roger Parker (@Parkertherolls) August 11, 2020
Our events rely on countless suppliers, manufacturers and freelancers and we will all need to work together to make the shows of the future.
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) August 11, 2020
London lit up red last night in support of the #wemakeevents campaign...
Our industry sits on a knife edge at the moment and we need all the support we can get so we can keep on delivering the events that you love 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/BQVhc3dw0a
— wearefstvl (@wearefstvl) August 12, 2020
We are proudly lighting in red in support of #WeMakeEvents
THE LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY IS NOW AT RED ALERT
— The SSE Arena, Wembley (@ssearena) August 11, 2020
Event professionals from Bristol have come together to highlight that our industry is at ‘red alert’. We’re here calling on the government to ‘throw us a line’ and take necessary measures to keep our industry alive. #WeMakeEvents #Lightitinred @PlasaOnline @tpimagazine pic.twitter.com/8vi7B1SJ9v
— SLX Hire & Events (@SLXmedia) August 11, 2020
Tonight we stand with arts organisations across the UK in supporting the incredible venues, staff and freelancers who bring the live events we love to life. We proudly light our offices in Elmbank Crescent in red as part of #LightItInRed pic.twitter.com/0dP8Zx8ree
— Scottish Opera (@ScottishOpera) August 11, 2020
Watch the video below from PLASA to learn more about the importance of "behind-the-scenes" professionals and supply chain employees in delivering the live concerts, festivals and shows we all love