Why we must protect our city's music scene - the YEP says

Our city’s vibrant music scene has been a real success story to sing loudly from the rooftops about over the years.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 8:06 am
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the future of the music scene into real doubt. Picture: Shutterstock

Talented musicians, who have gone on to demand a global stage, have had their careers and dreams nurtured here in Leeds.

Not only is the city home to the College of Music but the plethora of live music venues have made it a major draw for some of the biggest names in the business.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the future of the music scene into real doubt.

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Today the Yorkshire Evening Post shines the spotlight on a chorus of musicians and venue bosses as they urge the Government to provide more support to an industry that has been “left in limbo”.

The live music industry is worth billions of pounds to the country’s economy - and at the heart of this are those grassroots venues which are the lifeblood of our city’s music scene.

We can’t stand by and watch these venues continue to struggle - if they do the music will have truly died in Leeds.

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