Young European Movement grassroots campaigners to hit Reading Festival to support struggling music industry.

Activists from the Young European Movement (YEM UK) are set to campaign at the Reading Festival to raise concerns over the challenges musicians are facing after freedom of movement came to an end at the end of 2020.

The YEM campaigners will be talking to festival attendees passing by on Saturday and Sunday during the day, rain or shine. Campaigners hope to bring a hard wake up call to party-goers that the future prosperity of the music industry is at risk because of new regulations that make it impossibly uneconomical to tour Europe, notably the biggest market for British musicians.

YEM volunteer and co-organiser Alex Gunter said, “After a challenging year the first thing many young people want to do is simply to have fun. People are desperate to meet friends, enjoy and drink and party. The last thing anyone wants is for the musicians that make parties great to be in serious trouble.”

“The Government has imposed a deal which is unworkable for musicians. Touring musicians didn’t choose these barriers to movement and business, and for this reason, I’ll be joining YEM outside the Reading Festival in support of British musicians.” added Hania Orzsulik, YEM volunteer and local co-organiser.

YEM UK President Julius Lajtha concluded: “We will be joined by people from across the UK, all young activists demanding a better future. Music may seem trivial compared to big economic issues, but without music and culture we’d be nothing. Musicians don’t deserve to be a victim of politics and ideology: Let us protect our entertainment!”

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