Houghton Festival has been cancelled.
In a statement posted on social media, organisers of the annual festival - which was due to return to Houghton Hall in Norfolk next month - said they have had no choice but to postpone the festival for the third year in a row. They cite issues with the UK government's track and trace system and, more generally, the lack of a clear COVID-19 road map. You can read the festival's statement below.
An outdoor music festival that took place in the Netherlands earlier in July has shocked Government officials after 1,000 coronavirus infections were linked to the event despite it requiring a “test for entry".
The Verknipt festival took place across two days in Utrecht and was attended by around 20,000 people. Everyone who attended the event had to show a QR code that demonstrated that they were vaccinated, had recently recovered from COVID-19, or had a negative COVID-19 test.
Music running at over 120 BPM has been banned in South Korean gyms for two weeks over fears that fast beats could encourage more rigorous workouts, in turn increasing the transmission of COVID-19.
57% of people say music helped them cope through lockdown, a new study by UK Music has found, with 42% listening to more during the crisis than they previously did.
Ocio de Ibiza has proposed a ban on DJs that perform at illegal parties in villas and other private locations, which "are becoming more and more professionalised."
The organisation — which represents the interests of clubs, venues, and other nightlife businesses on the island — made the suggestion that these DJs be banned from playing established venues in a meeting last week. The lack of regulatory powers to close down gatherings has led to the idea that the industry itself should take action.
New research conducted by Ipsos Mori for The Economist suggests that some Brits are in favour of a permanent extension to a number of COVID-19 restrictions.
Ibiza's first pilot club event has recorded no new coronavirus infections.
The first pilot event on the White Isle took place at the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday 25th June, with 1200 of the island's key workers invited for a session aimed at testing COVID-19 protocols within nightlife and music settings ahead of clubs being allowed to return en masse.
With under a week to go now until the UK's full reopening from the latest COVID-19 lockdown, the UK Government has finalised details around nightlife.
Barcelona’s indoor nightlife is to close this weekend in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Catalan government has ruled that indoor nightclubs will not be able to open from Friday, 9th July. Outdoor events will still be permitted, with a curfew of 3 AM.
The move comes in the wake of other Spanish regions reimposing restrictions due to a sharp spike in cases in the country. While 40% of Spain's 47 million citizens have been fully vaccinated, only one in ten within the 20-29 age group have received both doses.
Update 7/07/2021: A previous version of this article inaccurately stateed that 500 new COVID-19 cases had been reported in Ibiza last week. This has been amended to reflect the correct number of cases reported across the Balearic Islands on Monday.
The Balearic government is introducing new restrictions in the Sant Antoni area of Ibiza, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.