Brexit: You Put Your Left Let In, Your Right Leg Out...

Here at Power's Towers, we avoid talking politics. After all, a conversation that doesn't leave you smiling isn't worth having.

But recent events have drug us kicking and screaming into the, er, debate/ debacle.

Our predictions are that the UK will see a rise in the Dozenal Society, no changes in VAT, and a bump in foreign language evening classes.

As for the music industry, and all business Roque, we leave the op-ed to the real pundits.

"Evidently, there’s little worse than shoehorning pop stars into commenting on political events. But given the fact that the UK’s music industry outperformed the rest of the British economy by five percent last year (possibly thanks to Adele’s unprecedented Q4 sales surge), it’s a community whose collective voice should be part of the debate.

A spokesperson for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) emphasized the importance of the EU and Europe “to UK recorded music and to the music sector generally, particularly when you consider the importance of live music and touring.”

Last year, British artists accounted for over 17 percent of album sales in the six largest European markets after the UK—Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands—where they enjoyed nearly a third of the share.

The BPI explained that this is broadly in line with the US, but that physical sales—which typically producer higher royalties for artists and labels—tend to be more pronounced in Europe."


And

"If Britain leaves the EU, we could find ourselves excluded from having free movement across much of Europe’s mainland. That could have two expensive, complex implications for touring bands: individual visas to enter each EU country, and the introduction of the carnet, a document detailing every single piece of equipment on deck, to prevent the import or export of products without paying VAT. It costs between £1000—£2000 (approximately $1400—$2900), and lasts just 12 months."

.... If we end up with the situation where UK artists need a Schengen visa to perform in the EU, it will be hugely detrimental to developing artists as Schengen rules require proof of funds, either in the form of travelers checks, or bank history,” says booking agent Isla Angus. “If promoters also need to be visa sponsors they could be far less willing to take a risk on artists.”"

 

Our last word is – even when you leave a party, you have a plan on either catching the tram, ordering a taxi, or having a designated driver. Looks like the party's over and Leavers are milling about, thumbing a lift.

Meanwhile, the flat's been trashed and we've fallen out with the neighbours.

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