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COVID-19

The Guardian reported on COVID-19 and here’s what B0Jo said: 

Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. We need people to start working from home where they possibly can. And you should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

Which has clearly pushed a lot more people into a frenzy…

We get it, COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that’s going round and we need to be careful. Shielding the elderly, pregnant women and children from the virus is the most important thing to concentrate on. If you experience any symptoms you must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Otherwise, the most vulnerable are on lockdown for 12 weeks.

How are the self-employed supposed to carry on during this time? What are we going to do?

As performing artists, we are self-employed and don’t qualify for unemployment insurance. Many of us don’t have savings and generally rely on gig-to-gig money. It’s a miracle when someone pays you what you’re actually worth, because the years you’ve spent training, learning, disciplining and mastering your art are really null and void when booking a gig. Anyone can do it, right?

We’re all going to suffer in some way or another because of COVID-19. This is going to have a massive effect on our mental health, population and of course, our livelihoods. After BoJo’s speech we are left with nothing but uncertainty and fear.

Are live shows going to be a thing of the past?
Would you even watch if I did an online streaming concert?
Would you pay for that?

I know that over the 20+ years I’ve been performing, my act is largely based around the audience and the vibe I get on the night. Sometimes I’m all chill and mute, but then there are a lot of gigs where I’m energetic and involved in conversation with you. Despite the mythology that persists about rock n roll – that I’m rocking up to a gig in a limo, snorting lines off silver platters and drinking til the sun comes up – most musicians live normal, working-class lives and I know I definitely rely on you coming to my gigs.

So where does that leave us? 2020 was supposed to be awesome… *boo, hiss*

Nice one, COVID-19!

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