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Graeme Park and Peter Hook slam lack of government plans for live music’s return

Graeme Park and Peter Hook slam lack of government plans for live music’s return
Graeme Park and Peter Hook have slammed a lack of government plans for the return of live music as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased. Legendary Hacienda DJ Park - who played a 12-hour set to raise money for Manchester's hugely-successful virtual nightlife platform United We Stream - called the situation a 'shambles' and claimed…

Graeme Park and Peter Hook have slammed a lack of government plans for the return of live music as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased.

Legendary Hacienda DJ Park – who played a 12-hour set to raise money for Manchester’s hugely-successful virtual nightlife platform United We Stream – called the situation a ‘shambles’ and claimed the music industry was being ‘overlooked’.

He accused cabinet ministers of ‘skirting’ direct questions about live entertainment.

Joy Division and New Order bassist Hooky meanwhile said it appeared the music business would be ‘the last that comes back’.

Both Manchester music icons were due to be playing at festivals throughout the summer.



Peter Hook

Boris Johnson has announced pubs and restaurants can reopen from July 4, but concert venues, nightclubs and arenas will remain closed.

Park told Sky News he was frustrated by a lack of planning and any official indication over when elements of the live music industry would be able to resume.

He said: “It’s a shambles.

“This government is not giving us any information, nothing, not even any nuggets about live entertainment and live venues, and about when they may reopen.

“I’ve seen cabinet ministers being asked direct questions about live entertainment and they’ve completely skirted around it and said something else like cabinet ministers do. It’s really frustrating.



Park called the situation a ‘shambles’

“We’re sat here speculating, it might be this, it might be that.

“Surely we have enough people to come together and come up with potential solutions so people can get back to clubbing, get back to seeing live bands, and we the performers, artists and creators can get on that stage or get behind those decks.

“Get back to what we do, and share the joy and share the love of music to our clubbing and live music community.”

Hook told Sky News he wanted honesty from politicians.



Hacienda Classical

He said: “I’m sick of watching these ministers defending themselves in an impossible task.

“They are ill-informed and they don’t know what they’re talking about and you’re just going ‘can’t you just say you don’t know what’s happening’.

“The world will never be the same again I don’t think.

“I’m in a business which is one of the worst affected, because it’s going to be the last that comes back.”

The close friends have teamed up with Hacienda Classical, the re-imagining of club classics from the Hacienda era alongside the orchestra Manchester Camerata.

Park said there’s been nothing from the government for the music industry – said to be worth up to £900 million to the UK economy.

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing,” he said.

“More than anything it’s frustrating and in terms of financial help, other areas of the economy have been given lots of financial help.”

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