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Virus Tears Through Events

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The global events industry has predictably been hit hard by the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic with incalculable repercussions. Sat Bal

Foot and mouth disease all but decimated outdoor events back in 2001 but Covid-19 is already attacking indoor and outdoor fixtures. At the time of writing we're alerted that the latest casualty is Samuel Beckett's production of 'Endgame' at the Old Vic, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The theatre's digital pages said '... given the new travel and other restrictions in place it is nevertheless becoming increasingly impractical to sustain business as usual at our theatre.'

In the film world Disney’s blockbuster remake of 'Mulan' is the latest big major release to be pulled, as Hollywood joins the anxiety, questioning the film's scheduled opening on March 27 in UK cinemas. Disney is to revert with a new date.

James Bond has fared little better with the push back of 'No Time To Die' to November, from its expected April release.

Fresh from her Brit Awards success, teen pop sensation Billie Eilish (above) has apologised for postponement of her US tour dates as health officials warn against mass gatherings of people.

Eilish said: 'I am so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. We’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you.”

The Who and Pearl Jam have postponed their tours but Glastonbury Festival has held fast, announcing rapper Kendrick Lamar as its third headliner, alongside Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.

Organisers said they were “working hard” to ensure the event goes ahead in June.

Coachella, one of the world’s biggest music festivals, attracted around 250,000 attendees over its two weekends last year and was set to take place in the Colorado desert in April but has now been moved to October.

Industry giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents (the corporate behind Coachella) have suspended all tours in North America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, say sources.

The loss of the cash generating power of live performances is likely to affect the musical community in different ways, with the spectre of loss of earnings all round.

Allen Kovac, manager of Mötley Crüe, summed up: “It’s chaotic and stressful, from agents and managers to artists, their families and their support teams.”

See you at Glastonbury, Taylor?

PwC has predicted the global market for ticket sales and sponsorship for live music at nearly $29 billion in 2020, with the lion's share of revenue going straight to performing artists. Yet recorded music is estimated at $22 billion in sales, with artists’ royalties at far slimmer pickings.

Insurance providers are already facing public opprobrium for excluding coverage of Covid-19 in new travel policies. So-called force majeure clauses guard promoters and artists against 'acts of God' to cover cancellations but coronavirus's serious risk status is seeing insurers exclude it from new policies.

This was the plight of South by Southwest. The Texan festival was cancelled and, with no insurance coverage for coronavirus, was forced to dismiss around one-third of its full-time employees last week.

Colours Hoxton Launches

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LONDON The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been transformed into the vibrancy of Colours London by Mothership Group which brings with it a colourful entertainment programme diary. Lucy Kale

The just-opened 300-capacity live space promises gigs and club-nights programmed in collaboration with fellow well-loved multi-arts spaces Village Underground and EartH so expect lots of genre-crossing action music, art and performance.

These include residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, girl power gang Pxssy Palace, house, disco and techno party Naturalia, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, garage extravaganza Lord of The Tings and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents.

Elsewhere the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight. These range from an ‘after school’ club with Maisie Williams’ creative networking app ‘Daisie’ to  Neon Naked Life Drawing panels with Anti Diet Riot Club.

Daytime sees invited local artists and creative networks occupy a free space to host meetings, rehearsals and record podcasts.

The sounds is set to reverb through London thanks to a show-stopping D&B Audiotechnik PA System, which will be busy with the hottest in Nu Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Electro Pop, and R’n’B to East London.

Performances already confirmed from BBC 1Xtra favourite RuthAnne, disco pop duo Ekkah, indie rockers No Hot Ashes, Sheafs and Last Dinosaurs, rising R&B talents Olivia Nelson and Rachel Foxx, and the interactive and soul lifting Gospeloke, the eclectic line-up will set music fans alight.

Interior design comes from Mare Street Market’s outfitters alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat Fred Butler.

Colours lives up to its name with a bespoke LED lighting installation (headline pic) called The Colour Trap designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt, in a one-of-a-kind entrancer that takes revellers into undulating patterns and colour.

The Orange Buffalo takes up residency in the kitchen where several exclusive new dishes await: plant based burger ‘The Nawty’ and a Buffalo Chicken Salad, plus the famous wings.

Chloe Uppington, head of events for Mothership Group said: “Colours will be a bold and beautiful temple of creativity and celebration of live music. A testament to Hoxton’s past, which overflows with seminal moments across club, culture and the art scene, Colours is part of a dedicated push to keep young artists and musicians in East London.

Village Underground commented:

“London is crying out for more live music venues, so we're thrilled to be collaborating with such an exciting new space in East London. Colours will be a vital platform for developing artists and promoters on the cusp of stardom.”

The Cotswold Quartet

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COTSWOLDS The picturesque Cotswolds sets the scene for four properties on offer by Barons Eden Limited, represented by Savills. Lucy Reid

The assets in the portfolio are: Huxleys Restaurant (pictured above) and Island House, both in Chipping Campden; The Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water and The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

Offers are invited for the whole portfolio or for purchase of individual properties.   

Housed in a seventeenth century building, Huxleys Restaurant in the heart of Chipping Campden, offers 100 covers across both inside and outside space, including two private dining rooms. Island House, on Chipping Campden’s high street, provides a rare opportunity to create a new food and beverage offering.

 The Dial House Hotel provides 15 boutique rooms all of which are en-suite alongside two recently renovated dining areas and a bar lounge. Prominently located in the centre of the picturesque high street of Bourton-on-the-Water, there’s ample opportunity for further development of the grounds.

 The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh town centre has planning to convert to a 10 bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and would suit a range of other uses subject to planning permission. 

James Greenslade, associate director in the hotels team at Savills, comments: “These four charming assets provide a rare opportunity to acquire properties in the picturesque Cotswolds villages. Each one is unique in its character and all provide a range of opportunities for new owners, in particular the redevelopment of Island House could work well in conjunction with the existing operation at Huxleys.”

Adrian Pearson of Barons Eden Limited adds: “We are choosing to sell our Cotswold assets in order to concentrate on expanding our portfolio of larger hotels and spas.” 

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