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Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney are among the British artists issued an urgent plea for support from the U.K. Government to prevent mass insolvencies before live music is allowed to return.

The appeal, made in a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden, is signed by 1,500 artists, many of whom were due to perform at festivals this summer. In addition, 560 venues and nearly 4,000 production crew members have added their names.

“U.K. live music has been one of the U.K.’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak,” the letter says.

“Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.”

Other artists to have signed the letter include Skepta, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Dame Shirley Bassey, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Florence + the Machine, George Ezra, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden, Lewis Capaldi and Little Mix.

To coincide with the letter, people across the industry will today begin posting films and photos of their last live gig under the banner #LetTheMusicPlay. Fans will also be encouraged to post about the last gig they attended to show support for the live music industry during its shutdown.

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