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UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring ‘crisis’

UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring ‘crisis’

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Getty ImagesThe government has said it hopes to open negotiations with individual EU countries "very shortly" to help UK artists to tour after being told Brexit had created an "absolute crisis".Musicians, actors and their crews will face extra red tape and fees for visas to tour in some European countries.Speaking to MPs on Tuesday, arts figures said ministers must "act now".Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said there were no current talks to reach agreements with individual countries.She admitted there were "certainly a lot of obstacles to overcome", resulting in "quite a lot of sleepless nights for those across my department at the moment".With the main Brexit deal not allowing British artists to work freely across the continent, she said striking deals on work permits and visas with i...
Coldplay to pause touring until concerts are ‘environmentally beneficial’

Coldplay to pause touring until concerts are ‘environmentally beneficial’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Coldplay have put plans to tour their new album on hold, due to concerns over the environmental impact of concerts."We're not touring this album," frontman Chris Martin told BBC News."We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial.""All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job," he continued, saying the band wanted their future tours to "have a positive impact".The British band are in the Jordanian capital Amman to perform two shows that will be streamed live on YouTube.The concerts, to be staged on Friday at sunrise and sunset respectively, will mirror the two halves of their new album Everyday Li...
Sir Elton John to end touring – with 300-gig run

Sir Elton John to end touring – with 300-gig run

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Rocket Man singer Sir Elton John says he wants to "go out with a bang" as he revealed plans for a final world tour.The 70-year-old British musician - who has been touring for nearly 50 years - said he will no longer perform live following his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is due to start in September.Announcing his retirement plans, the star said his "priorities have changed" as he and husband David Furnish care for their two sons, Elijah and Zachary."In 2015 we sat down with a school schedule and I thought I don't want to miss too much of this," he said."My life has changed, my priorities have changed and my priority now is my family."Image:Sir Elton first performed at his local pub aged 15Sir Elton said the mammoth 300-date tour was a chance "to say thank you to all my fans arou...
Has Hello singer Adele said goodbye to touring?

Has Hello singer Adele said goodbye to touring?

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Adele has hinted to her fans she may never tour again and is happy to have her final shows in London.The Hello singer waved goodbye to a Wembley crowd on Wednesday, and published a handwritten note in the programme announcing what could mean an end to life on the road for the award-winning singer."So this is it. After 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25 we are at the end," the 29-year-old star wrote."Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn't suit me particularly well. I'm a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things."Plus, I'm dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is!"The star is coming to the end of her run of gigs across the UK, Ireland, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand."I've done 119 shows and these last four will take me up to 123," s...