How Coronavirus Is Killing The Music You Love

In the midst of confusion and fear about the potential impacts of coronavirus on global health, financial stability and civilisation’s ability to continue functioning, mere days after Boris Johnson’s glib stammerings about the imminent deaths of our loved ones, it feels almost churlish to worry about the challenges facing underground and independent music. Yet for artists, promoters, labels and events which now face profound existential threats, these issues are far from abstract. For fans and listeners, the prospect of a world forced into abrupt silence and isolation feels no less scary.