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How will leaving the EU affect your fave pop stars, from Zayn to Ellie


If last week was this.

Then this week is this.

OK maybe the bra doesn’t have that much to do with it, but you get the picture. This is us picking through the wreckage caused by the historic decision that was taken last week regarding Britain’s membership of the EU.

As the dust settles the consequences of the referendum are becoming all the more clear to the music industry every second.

Yep that’s right. Basically it looks like we’re a little bit screwed and the music industry could be one of those worst affected by the change.

So you know how you love it when artists come to the UK to perform? Well, now the UK has voted to leave the EU there is a possibility that a visa regime will be introduced and artists will have to get a visa to perform in the UK, which might make them more reluctant to come.

On the flipside, UK artists won’t be able to tour as much in Europe if a visa regime is introduced because they’d have to get a bloody separate visa for every country they visit. There would also be hidden administrative/tax costs which would  certainly affects our faves, especially the smaller, less established acts.

It’s the little guy who loses out the most 😭.

AND, because the pound has dropped so much in value, the cost of flights in and out of the UK is now sky high. Remember that it’s not just your fave’s flight we’re talking about, it’s the whole crew and their kit, including instruments and staging gear, that have to fly out with them.  The costs do rack up.

Here’s what some prominent British artists had to say on the subject in an interview with BBC:

ELLIE GOULDING

‘I was heartbroken to hear the news. I truly believe this is one of the most devastating things to happen during my lifetime. I felt a fear I’ve never felt this morning.”

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES

“I think the nature of touring is going to change massively. The summer we’re looking at right now is just hopping from country to country within Europe and in order to do that when we’re not part of the European Union, we would presumably need to go to a different embassy for every different country and apply for a visa for us and everybody in our crew.”

Dan Smith of BASTILLE

“One of the amazing things about Europe is the freedom to travel, and the freedom to work wherever you want. We’re lucky enough as a touring band to get to go every weekend to play two or three festivals in different European countries and it’s so easy. We can get on a ferry and go there, and it’s something we’ve totally taken for granted. But now I imagine there’ll be loads and loads of red tape to get through.”

It’s not all doom and gloom thought. Some artists aren’t so pessimistic.

Matt Healy of THE 1975

“It will make touring a lot harder – but freedom of movement isn’t literally going to stop. There’ll still be soft borders. I’m sure there’ll be a European Visa.

“One of the things people who travel on tour buses through Europe were saying was that we’ll have to get up every two hours when we cross the border into Luxembourg and Belgium. I don’t think that’s going to be the case. I just think our generation has been robbed of the opportunity for friendships and relationships and work opportunities.

We really can’t say for sure what the exact consequences will be because nothing like this has ever happened before. Perhaps there will be no visa regime, but the truth is that all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that our faves can still keep on touring just as much as they do now.

Tweet us your opinions and what you think might happen as a result of the Brexit @maximumpop.

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Written by David Farrell

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David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".