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Gabriel: save live events

Musician and WOMAD festival co-founder Peter Gabriel has backed a campaign to save live events from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rocker has thrown his weight behind the #WeMakeEvents drive created by the Professional Lighting and Sound Association, which aims to get the U.K. government to offer grants to businesses who supply services and products to canceled festivals and extend support to workers.

In a statement posted on his website, the Sledgehammer rocker writes: "In any normal year we would just have had our WOMAD Festival. A few months ago, in March, we just finished a festival in New Zealand and on our way back things were very chaotic as Covid-19 was hitting hard.

"Glastonbury was canceled, we were told that we weren't going to be given a license for our festival so we had to cancel. Live events around the world and across the entire landscape from major festivals to grassroots venues and business events have been devastated."

He goes on to say that "millions of pounds" of contracts to suppliers have been lost and the losses will continue until next summer, as live outdoor events can't be held this summer, and that the industry needs "urgent support" as do those who work as freelancers within it.

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