Lockdown seminar with New Order legend will be a joy for fans
The former Joy Division and New Order bassist is linking up with Graham Massey, co-founder of electronic music pioneers 808 State, other musicians and University of Central Lancashire academics tomorrow (June 11) in a live online seminar to discuss the future prospects for live music during and beyond the pandemic.
They will be joined by Liam Ogburn from up and coming British band ‘Working Men’s Club’ and also involved in the live discussion will be leading venue and festival operator Aaron Mellor, Teresa Moore from a Greener Festival as well as UCLan lecturer and music industry consultant, Tony Rigg.
The group will look at the challenges now facing the live music industry,s particularly in light of the current Coronavirus crisis and how musicians and live venues will adjust as they attempt to move forward beyond the pandemic.
All live music venues in England have had to close their doors to visitors since March 21 with the prospect of any potential re-opening anytime soon still uncertain.
Tony, who also directs Preston’s Jazz and Improvisation Festival, said: "The challenges being faced by the live music industry are numerous and complicated.
"Bringing these great minds together to discuss the challenges to be overcome and opportunities to innovate can only serve to enhance our knowledge and understanding, helping us to rehabilitate this culturally and economically important industry."
The live stream, on Youtube from 2pm, will also examine the importance of digital technology and the role it might play within live music in the future.
The audience will be able to put their questions on live music to the panel during the event by adding to the comments on Youtube underneath the video.
The seminar has been timed to coincide with the official release of a new book called ‘The Future of Live Music’ co-edited by Tony and fellow UCLan academics Professor Ewa Mazierska and Dr Leslie Gillon, which explores numerous key themes that will help to make sense of the ‘during’ and ‘post-covid’ live music environments.
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, the book, out tomorrow, also features contributions from prestigious academics from around the world, many of whom will also be discussing the themes within the book live at the seminar.