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The future of live music is uncertain, but Glasgow musician has hope

BY MEG MONTAGUE

On the 18th of March, the Glasgow-based band, Icarus Moon, announced on their Facebook page that all of their upcoming shows had been cancelled. They had been set to play Glasgow music venue Audio on the 21st, two days before Boris Johnson announced the nationwide lockdown.

“It felt like a hit on our careers, especially with live performances kind of that ladder where you want to be playing lots of small gigs.” Stefan Livingston, the guitarist for the band, said. “It just felt like a knock off those bottom rungs of the ladder.”

Stefan, who is also a session musician, made it clear that he worries for the future of live music. Especially for up-and-coming artists who rely on gigs in smaller venues to get their foot in the door.

“I think it’s going to be a lot trickier for smaller bands to get gigs,” he said. Stefan also highlighted his apprehension that the venues that musicians like him rely on could close due to the “financial difficulties” that have arisen since the start of the pandemic.

Despite these worries, Stefan still has hope for the future of live music and the music industry.

“There’s going to be a huge development in online music and live-streaming,” Stefan said. “So, there is a bright side and I think once everything comes back together that’s only going to make the online-side of the live music sector stronger, in combination with the actual gigging in real life. Hopefully that means that just live music in general will be better than ever – that’s my hope.”

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