British musicians warn of devastating impact of new Brexit rules

Scottish bass player Ben Ellis is usually preparing to go on the road with Iggy Pop at this time of year.

Ellis has performed with the pop icon for the past seven years at many festival concerts throughout Europe. Just like the last 11 months, though, live music gigs in Britain and beyond are unlikely anytime soon due to the coronavirus.

The pandemic has been detrimental for many musicians and others who depend on live performances to earn their keep. But now, U.K. artists are concerned about what happens even after the pandemic ends — as they’re faced with new Brexit rules that they say could have a devastating impact on the industry in the long term.


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