Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Live music inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published 19 March 2019, Government response published 23 July 2019.

Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry looks at the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

The British live music industry attracted over 30 million music fans in 2016, with music tourism contributing £4 billion to the UK economy that year. However, despite the fact that festival and concert attendance continues to grow, the number of grassroots music venues have seen a drastic decline.
In addition, the growth of secondary ticketing continues to frustrate the public and threaten the sustainability of live music events. MPs will use this inquiry to continue investigating this problem, since the 2017 General Election cut short the previous Committee’s inquiry looking into ticket abuse. This inquiry launched today will aim to incorporate the findings and evidence that were submitted previously, and MPs will once again invite ticket reselling companies such as Viagogo to contribute evidence.

Read the full terms of reference

Latest evidence

  • 05 Sep 2018 - Live Music - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF433 KB) HC 733 | Published 07 Jan 2019

    Evidence given by Lucinda Brown, Venue Business Manager, Islington Assembly Hall, Stuart Galbraith, Chief Executive, Kilimanjaro Live, Andrew Parsons, Managing Director, Ticketmaster UK, and Adam Webb, Campaign Manager, FanFair Alliance; Wayne Grierson, UK Managing Director, StubHub

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