From 2021 EU DJs will need a visa to play in the UK
EU DJs and their crews will require a Tier 5 visa to perform in the UK.
The Brexit consequence feared by European DJs and artists has come to light. From January 2021, artists from the EU will require visas to perform in the UK.
According to a policy paper released on Tuesday, the Home Office shared that artists- including DJs and touring bands- as well as their crew- will require a Tier 5 visa in order to play in the UK. The scope includes festivals, cultural events, promotional activity and competitions.
Additionally, the change also means artists attending workshops or giving talks will also need the Tier 5 visa. Basically, Europeans will be treated like the non-citizens that they are. No more fluidity, just full force administration.
More like Tear 5
A Tier 5 visa will set you back £244 and requires a certificate of sponsorship. Once granted, the visa will give you access to the UK for between 12 and 24 months.
Besides wishful thinking from EU artists, the decision is something of a shock given that Culture Minister Nigel Adams said it was “essential” for European artists to retain freedom of movement.
In 2018 the House of Lords’ EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee stated that “such a development would be to the detriment of the U.K. cultural sector, and represent a significant loss to the audiences that enjoy seeing talent from across Europe performing in the U.K.”
Exactly… The system has worked symbiotically for years, this disruption will be a massive headache for pretty much all involved.
So, to all the EU DJs and artists, I suggest cramming in as many UK gigs as possible before you are stopped by the Tier 5 in Jan 2021.