Music + Live Performances
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Sector at a Glance
Generated over £4.5bn (2019) for the UK economy in VAT alone.
Over 30 million fans attend live performances annually.
From intimate gigs in grassroots venues to a mass sing-along at an iconic stadium.
Sector Overview

Music + Live Performances

The UK’s Music and Live Performances industry boasts world-class venues, headline-grabbing tours and culture-defining acts. Our passionate, creative workforce of over 200,000 people builds and supports global superstars that are the pride of the nation. As an industry, we generated over £4.5bn for the UK economy in 2019 in VAT alone.

The impact of our economic contribution is not confined to a square mile in a capital city, but instead permeates the very fabric of every city, town, and village across the Four Nations. Grassroots music venues, major arenas, world-renowned comedians, touring artists, theatre companies and supply chain businesses make up the backbone of the economic benefits the sector generates, bringing wealth, direct investment, and culture to communities up and down the UK.

Unrivalled expertise means UK event professionals are perfectly placed to deliver safe, vibrant and memorable experiences. From classical concerts to electronica, acoustic sets to stadium anthems, touring comedy and theatrical shows, this industry creates, performs and delivers it all. A talent production line envied around the world means UK audiences can enjoy future global acts taking their first steps towards worldwide recognition in a club or bar near you. Over 30 million fans attend live performances annually, from intimate gigs in grassroots venues to a mass sing-along at an iconic stadium. They deliver communal socialising, allowing us to escape the day-to-day and lose ourselves in the music. The music and live performance ecosystem comprises large and small companies, corporate and independent spread across various functions. Everything starts with the artist, their manager and agent. Promoters will interact with venues and shows to arrange bookings. Production will build out those shows while ticket agencies sell them out. Professionalism and expertise is available in abundance: from designing light and soundscapes to ensuring crowd safety.

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Sector Events Calendar
October 24
The Event Summit
Fostering collaboration between sports, music and cultural events for inspiration and growth Rick will be speaking/ moderating We should use the app research tool for some pre event questions perhaps- or a survey All PoE Steering Group members are invited to attend FOC if they are event rights holders, or at a 33% discount if they are not
October 24
The EAFN Show 2024 – East of England Event Production Conference and Exhibition
The East Anglian Festival Network’s fifth annual free Conference and Exhibition brings together hundreds of festival, fair and fun day organisers, venues and suppliers from across the East of England. • Excellent Speakers in the Conference/Q&A Sessions. • Dozens of East Anglian Event Suppliers/Venues exhibiting their goods and services. • Networking with Event organisers, venues and suppliers from across East Anglia and beyond. • A chilled musical backdrop to the Show featuring a lunchtime showcase of local performers. • Bar, Refreshments and Lunchtime Food available. • More Fun and Surprises…… This year the EAFN Show will be held at Huntingdonshire’s largest and premier venue the Burgess Hall Events and Conference Centre in the beautiful market town of St Ives, the Old Riverport in Cambridgeshire. The EAFN 2024 Show co-headline sponsors are one of the UK’s leading East Anglian based Event Suppliers Gofer Ltd and Electric Cat Productions the dynamic marketing […]
November 24
Event Sustainability Live
Event Sustainability Live (ESL) London is a two-day Exhibition and Conference bringing together event professionals, thought-leaders and sustainability experts. The event takes place on 20th & 21st November at ExCeL, London. The show is free to attend, delegates can explore the latest trends, innovations and products from companies and venues providing eco-conscious solutions helping to create sustainable events. Meet with fellow event professionals from all over the globe who are passionate about event sustainability, share ideas & create new and exciting partnerships.
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