Reconceiving spatiality and value in the live music industries in response to COVID-19

Iain Taylor, Sarah Raine, Craig Hamilton

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This chapter reflects upon how the concept of live music has been reconsidered by industry professionals and audiences alike, the grassroots practices and debate which began during the past year of lockdowns and social distancing regulations, and the structural frailties that have been further exposed during 2020-21. Using Lefebvre’s trialectics of spatiality as a theoretical lens, we argue that for the music industries, the COVID-19 outbreak can be seen as a crisis of spatial materiality. Drawing upon empirical data from ongoing research projects in Scotland and the Midlands, this chapter highlights examples of transformative practice and examines their wider potential for reimagining the UK’s live music and festival industries. In particular, we argue that the UK live music industries must reimagine and instigate new options that reflexively consider issues of gender inequality, diversity, and geographical dominance. A return to ‘normal’ that halts potential progress in its tracks is arguably a lost opportunity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemaking Culture and Music Spaces
Subtitle of host publicationAffects, Infrastructures, Futures
EditorsIan Woodward, Jo Haynes, Pauwke Berkers, Aileen Dillane, Karolina Golemo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781032184968
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Sociology
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group


  • culture
  • music
  • space
  • affect
  • infrastructure
  • futures
  • pandemic
  • COVID-19


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