It’s common knowledge now that coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns it brought about has had a hugely negative impact on the live music industry nationwide. Protests in major cities, appearances on prime-time television from industry professionals and fundraisers of various sizes and scope have all helped raise both awareness and money for the cause – but just how much do people really know about the ongoing repercussions felt across the sector? This Is Just An Interval is a short film created by professionals who’ve seen first-hand the devastation the pandemic has caused and continues to cause for live music. Made with zero budget, and with all of those involved giving their time for free, its aim is simple: to shine a light on the trouble that the industry faces. To do this, the team behind the film are hoping to spread the message far and wide, with Director Matthew Boone telling us “Our end goal is for the video reach those who have the ability to influence or make change to the industry, through a clear pathway on how gigs can return and financial support for those falling through the cracks.”With local Labour MP for the constituency of Manchester Withington, Jeff Smith, already tweeting the documentary to some 10,000followers, the wheels are very much in motion. But the team’s aims are bigger. Locally, they hope that it can reach and aid those already fighting for support in the north: Andy Burnham (Mayor of manchester) and Sacha Lord (NighttimeEconomy Advisor). Looking further afield they hope that it can reach those in government, such as RishiSunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Alok Sharma (Secretary of State for business) who can ultimately implement change. These are also key targets for We Make Events, the organisation set up back at the start of the pandemic to try and combat the effects of coronavirus within the industry.
ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.