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Echo and The Bunnymen announce a 2021 UK tour celebrating 40 years of magic al songs

1 of the most influential British bands in modern history, Echo and The Bunnymen, have announced a 16 date UK tour for May 2021. The tour, which opens at Sheffield City Hall, on Friday, 7 May 2021, will celebrate the songs that have brought the group twenty top 20 hits and 9 top 20 albums so far during their incredible 40 year career.

Frontman Ian McCulloch said:- "Well then, here are the dates for our 2021 U.K. tour! I can't wait to be out there with the band on all those stages in all those cities and towns, doing what I love most, playing our magical songs to our brilliant fans and, hopefully, making all our lives a little bit happier along the way."

The band's seminal albums:- 'Crocodiles', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine' and 'Ocean Rain' have been a major influence for acts such as:- Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips, whilst later albums:- 'Evergreen' and 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?' and 'Siberia and Meteorites' demonstrate what an amazing body of work the band have. Their latest album:- 'The Stars and The Oceans and The Moon' was released in Autumn 2018 with Q Magazine calling it:- "Magical."

The Bunnymen are still revered in popular culture with the highly acclaimed and culturally phenomenal Netflix series:- 'Stranger Things', using their song:- 'Nocturnal Me' whilst the equally comparable:- '13 Reasons Why' has used:- 'The Killing Moon' and 'My Kingdom'.

Echo and The Bunnymen's May 2021 UK tour dates are as follows:-

► Friday, 7 May 2021 Sheffield City Hall.
► Saturday, 8 May 2021 Birmingham O2 Academy.
► Monday, 10 May 2021 Liverpool Philharmonic.
► Wednesday, 12 May 2021 London Roundhouse.
► Friday, 14 May 2021 Cambridge Corn Exchange.
► Saturday, 15 May 2021 Norwich UEA.
► Sunday, 16 May 2021 Northampton Derngate.
► Tuesday, 18 May 2021 Leeds O2 Academy.
► Wednesday, 19 May 2021 Bristol O2 Academy.
► Friday, 21 May 2021 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion.
► Saturday, 22 May 2021 Bournemouth O2 Academy.
► Saturday, 23 May 2021 Cardiff St David's Hall.
► Tuesday, 25 May 2021 Glasgow Barrowland.
► Wednesday, 26 May 2021 Gateshead Sage.
► Friday, 28 May 2021 Nottingham Rock City.
► Monday, 31 May 2021 Manchester Albert Hall.

Tickets are now on  sale from:- GigsAndTours.Com.

British events economy could face a GBP 25 billion drop in 2020 due to Covid-19

TOGETHER with Travel and Tourism, the Events industry is amongst those experiencing the biggest negative impact from Covid-19, as social distancing measures effectively continue to put a hold on traditional events. Predictions still indicate a 46% decline on a global level in 2020 alone. However, the decline in Britain is expected to be even bigger; at 50%, which translates into a drop in the economy of GBP 25 billion. Although the market is expected to see some movement towards "pre-Covid-19 conditions" in the months and years to come, and several new virtual event types are emerging, the impact of Covid-19 measures are expected to have a long lasting effect. During the next 5 years, the accumulated decline in the Events industry economics could surpass GBP 100 billion. A recent study performed by global Events industry leader Evendo reveals a significant decline in customer demand for "traditional" Event offerings; typically events, where groups of people are together in confined spaces indoors or outdoors. Although the market is expected to somewhat recover, the current outlook for 2020 is chilling compared to 2019.

"As different countries have varying preferences when it comes to events; the composition of demand in those countries will also result in differing impacts on their national economies. Compared to other countries however, across which the average decline in event demand is around 46%, Britains average decline is around 50%, that's almost 9% higher than the global average." Says Kasper Larsen, CEO of Evendo.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest decline is seen in demand for Group Indoor activities. Such activities include popular Escape Rooms and are those most impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and national guidelines. As this type of activity is also in greater demand in Britain than in for example the United States, the British Event Industry is facing a bigger decline than other countries in absolute numbers. From the expected total decline in the British Event industry, the decline in Group Indoor activities makes up for 65%; a decline of GBP 17 billion in 2020 alone. Are virtual events taking over? Over the past few years, the events industry saw the inevitable introduction of virtual experiences and activities alongside the increasing mass adoption of group video tools such as Zoom. Once Covid-19 hit, virtual experiences grew exponentially as customers began looking for new ways to get around close contact groupings. Does this mean that these "virtual" events are now taking over from "traditional" events? The answer is: To some extent. As a consequence of Covid-19, the demand for virtual experiences has seen an increase of 241%. However, even after this increase, virtual experiences only make up for around 3% of the total Event economy. As 62% of the total demand for virtual experiences originates from United States, the positive impact from the increase in demand for these, does not contribute as much in Britain. In addition, the relative demand for virtual experiences is expected to decrease over time as well, although it is also expected to settle at a level above:- "pre-Covid-19." To read Evendo's report on the impact of COVID-19 on the Events industry, please visit their website.

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