Music tourism spending in the UK was £6.6 billion ($8.6 billion) in 2022, according to an industry body report. UK Music we revealed.
In 2022, the first full year of post-pandemic festivals, concerts and concerts in the UK, the return of major events such as Glastonbury starring Paul McCartney and UK tours by top British artists including Dua attracted music tourists. Lipa, Stormzy, harry styles, Ed Sheeran And Elton Johnsaid the report.
Key findings from UK Music’s 2022 ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ report include: The total number of music tourists attending live music events in the UK in 2022 was 14.4 million; In 2022, the total number of international music tourists was 1.1 million; In 2022, the total number of local music tourists is 13.3 million; In 2022, the total employment provided by music tourism was 56,000 people.
The data also revealed: total attendance at UK festivals and concerts in 2022 was 37.1 million; In 2022, a total of 6.5 million music lovers attended festivals in England; and a total of 30.6 million people attended the concerts (including everything from arena performances to public concerts).
UK Music estimates that £6.6bn from music tourism in 2022 could increase significantly by 2030 with the right support from government, local councils and others to spread growth and jobs across the UK.
The report includes four recommendations to local councils on how to build their own music ensembles: Use data to ensure music is at the center of planning and licensing policy; create a record of available spaces and places to support music activities; to bless music and the local community in renewal and development; and establish or support citywide music advisory boards.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, CEO of UK Music, said: “While the music has brought great benefits for our local regions, the infrastructure and talent line on which it is based still faces major challenges. A venue that closes every week, one of the six festivals that has not returned since the pandemic and many studios have great challenges. In an environment facing economic pressures, it is vital that we protect the music infrastructure that does so much for our towns and cities.”
“Post-pandemic, the role of music in creating transformative space is more important than ever – and this report provides a valuable toolkit to help local authorities reap the benefits of being a ‘music city,'” added Njoku-Goodwin. “By leveraging the power of music, countries and regions in the UK can create thousands of additional jobs, boost economic growth and attract even more visitors to the local area. This report shows how to realize this potential.”