#wemakeevents

Yesterday, across the UK, thousands of men and women from the events industry, held events across the UK to help raise awareness and call upon our Government to "THROW US A LINE".

Yesterday, you may have noticed local landmarks near you lit up in red, or seen them on the news and on social media and maybe wondered, what’s that all about?

It’s all to do with the events industry.

An industry that has been completely smashed to bits because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Weddings, parties, festivals, theatres and corporate events have all taken massive financial hits over the past five months having been literally cancelled from day one.

Events aside, the people who work in them, behind the scenes staff, riggers, drivers, in fact, anyone and everyone who contributes to the running of that event is at risk of losing their job, if they haven’t already.

For myself, I’ve been massively impacted.  My last wedding was on the 14th March and since then I have had no income, and the little money I do get barely covers 30% of my rent, bills, food and fixed business costs such as equipment storage, insurances and so on.

I am hopeful that I can get back to work next year.  The latest whispers amongst the community are hopeful that we will see some events returning in some form or another from Spring 2021.

The key to this happening is social distancing.  None of this can happen until restrictions on mass-gatherings are lifted.

When you see thousands of people congregating on the beaches, in town at bars and at other people’s houses hosting private parties, it really does feel like a smack in the face because for every day that happens, it’s another day I have to wait to get back to work.

I saw this on Facebook today, and it really offers a great perspective on it all…

Imagine you’ve spent the last 25 years as an accountant. You’ve worked your way up and eventually run your own accountancy firm.  You’re good at your job. You pay your taxes, you help people.

One day you are told you cannot do that. The rest of the world can go about their business. The maths teachers are back at work. The bloke in the premises next door is back open.  The person who delivers your stationery is still delivering your stationery but you can’t pay him because you’re not open.

You’re not working. You want to, but there are rules in place stopping you from doing so. You wonder when you can go back to work. It’s what you do best. You’re good at it. You’ve been doing it for 25 years.

Welcome to the events industry.

That pretty much describes it in a nutshell.

We all see businesses opening up across the UK and just assume everything is pretty much back to normal other than having to wear a mask.  The truth is, the events industry is stuffed.  We were the first to close down, and we will be the last to return back to work.

So, when you see pictures of buildings lit up in red on the news and on social media, that was organised by people, like me, who are desperate to get back to work right now.

We know we can’t until it’s safe to do so, but we desperately need the Government’s help, not only for our sake but for the wider community.  People like you who love partying, love going to festivals, love the theatre, love comedy and love live music.

Check the campaign out on social media with the hashtag #wemakeevents.  There’s also a DJ-specific campaign running right now that I am part of, and we have a hashtag too 😉 #savedjentertainment.

Ian

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Hi!

My name’s Ian and i’m the owner of Disco Fever.  I’ve been a DJ for over 25 years and have DJ’d at thousands of parties picking up a wealth of experience in event planning and making people dance along the way!

Previously I’ve been chairman of SEDA, the South Eastern DJ Association (twice!) and now sit on the Committee of NADJ; the National Association of DJs.

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