Dance and music lovers urged to rally for campaign march to save UK nightlife

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The #FreedomToDance! march heads from Marble Arch at 12pm to Parliament Square accompanied by DJ sets from the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick, Eats Everything, East End Dubs, Fat Tony, Franky Wah, Hannah Wants, Jess Bays, Max Chapman, Charlie Tee, Kizzy Alicia, SUAT, Seb Zito, SOSA, Waff, Summer Ghemati, and Wheats.

Save Our Scene founder George Fleming said: “While it’s great to see waves of football fans partying in London, it really asks the question why is the music industry still being suffocated by the Government? We have proven that we can open responsibly, and 58,000 people took part in the pilot events, of which only 15 people tested positive (5 of which were home related). This has proven the industry can successfully carry out safe events without adding to the spread of the virus.”

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association  Savenightlife CIC #LetUsDance, added: “We have had to fight for every bit of support and engagement throughout the pandemic. We have been continually excluded within every announcement. Our industry is recognised and valued across the world, yet undervalued by our own government. It’s time to push back and show the power of electronic music and the night time economy through its greatest asset, its people! Time to #Letusdance.”

Leading UK artist Eats Everything pointed out: “I’m absolutely not a Covid denier or anti mask/vaxer in any way shape or form, but what I am is a person who is a member of an industry that has been totally downtrodden time and time again. Stop ruining hearts, minds and livelihoods.”

Hannah Wants, British DJ and producer who is also performing on Sunday, is “proud that the dance music industry is coming together as one to ultimately fight for our industries future”.

Dancing is one of life’s great blessings, yet around 10,000 licensed venues in the UK have already closed permanently and over 400,000 live events staff have lost their jobs. 

Save Our Scene encourages everyone to act responsibly, safely and pick up their litter on the march.

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