Stars warn Prime Min­is­ter over Brexit

Nick Ma­son, Roger Tay­lor and Sting among sig­na­to­ries.

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Gal­vanised by the ever-vo­cal Bob Geldof, a cross-sec­tion of home-grown tal­ent has pooled forces in an open let­ter to Theresa May, warn­ing the Prime Min­is­ter of the dan­gers of Brexit upon the mu­sic scene.

Nick Ma­son, Brian Eno, Roger Tay­lor, Johnny Marr and Sting joined forces with Ed Sheeran, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Blur’s Da­mon Al­barn, Bobby Gille­spie of Pri­mal Scream, Neil Ten­nant and pop star Rita Ora, pre­dict­ing that the “vast voice” of the mu­sic in­dus­try could be­come a “self-built cul­tural jail”. May was urged to con­sider that Brexit will “im­pact ev­ery as­pect of the mu­sic in­dus­try, from tour­ing to sales, to copy­right leg­is­la­tion to roy­alty col­la­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Phono­graphic In­dus­try, the pop­u­lar­ity of Bri­tish mu­sic abroad hit a record high in 2017.

Ahead of a sched­uled Brexit Day on March 29, King Crim­son have can­celled the Eu­ro­pean leg of next year’s 50th an­niver­sary tour due to “tech­ni­cal­i­ties and bu­reau­cracy of ar­rang­ing visas” for band and crew. DL

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