Musicians: brace yourselves for the hidden costs of EU touring the Brexiteers never mentioned

Last Updated: November 13, 2020By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Festival: if you’re a musician who regularly performs at EU events, you can kiss those big crowds goodbye – unless you’re getting paid big bucks for your performance.

As a musician myself – even though I’ve never toured in Europe – this is infuriating.

I know musicians who do gig on the Continent, and the new costs triggered by Brexit are likely to make it impractical for them to continue.

Wasn’t Brexit supposed to make it easier for us all to ply our trades? Do you know anybody who actually and materially benefits from January 1 onwards?

Here’s Howard Goodall to explain the bad news:

Last summer, the arts/culture charity I currently chair – Radnor Fringe Festival – ran an online version of its annual event because Covid-19 made a physical festival with thousands of people standing around shoulder-to-shoulder impossible. It was a huge success.

We’re currently working on making the online festival an ongoing thing, with new content by musicians, artists, actors and so on, to be funded initially by donations.

Personally, I see this as one way for UK musicians to get their sounds out to the Continent while the Brexit insanity holds sway.

It won’t be the same as being there at a gig, but it might be the only cost-effective way of being heard.

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  1. kateuk November 13, 2020 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I used to deal with ATA Carnets before we went into the EU and afterwards, when dealing with non-EU countries like Switzerland and Norway. They are not only expensive but a total pain in the ass with lots of conditions attached. The goods that go out of the country have to be the same that comes back so if something breaks you can’t just replace it…I remember shipping some gear to the USA for a band, they smashed up a guitar and brought a different one back, caused a nightmare, delays and fines. I have been warning people ever since the referendum was first mentioned that it would cause a ton of problems/delays/expense with shipping stuff around the EU.

  2. Hecuba November 13, 2020 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Well musicians, actors, technicians and in fact everyone who works in the arts – don’t bother trying to travel to the EU because the costs will be astronomical. Instead stay at home and thank the fascist tories for creating little england an island wherein no one can leave whether it is to work abroad temporarily or just for a short holiday!

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