UK touring musicians hit by ‘double whammy’ of Brexit and Covid

Industry figures say future of European tours at risk unless red tape is lifted for artists

British musicians are being hit by a “double whammy” of Covid-19 restrictions and costly post-Brexit bureaucracy that could decimate European touring, according to industry figures and artists who are calling for changes to trade agreement with the EU.

Under the Brexit deal British musicians planning to play in Europe will now have to secure work permits for each individual country on a tour and face further red tape when it comes to transporting equipment and crew.

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