22.06.2022: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has warned of the impact of rail strikes on festivalgoers, as thousands of music fans headed to Glastonbury.
He spoke as the first of around 200,000 music lovers flocked to Somerset for 50th Glastonbury Festival and the first in three years due to coronavirus.
However, many were forced to find alternative routes to Worthy Farm due to the impact of three days of strike action on the railway network.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
“For the thousands of music fans who are so keen to get back to festivals and gigs after two years of lockdowns, these strikes risk causing chaos.
“The strikes come at a critical time for the live music industry and music businesses, which are battling to recover post-pandemic.
“Fans face a massive struggle trying to get to Glastonbury because of the disruption, which will add to traffic on the roads at a time when we’re striving to improve sustainability in the music industry.
“We need all sides to get around the table to end these strikes and deliver a crucial financial boost to the industry and a summer of fantastic live music.”
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