It’s been a strange, stressful and intense few days for everyone everywhere surrounding the current headlines and global health crisis around Coronavirus (COVID-19). Most people, including us, are now working from home and it’s all starting to sink in as things begin to escalate with COVID-19 etc.
Myself and the rest of the Tap The Feed team have been monitoring the situation and the impact it is having on live shows, and as we speak, a lot of events are being cancelled/postponed/rescheduled to later in the calendar year.
This has no doubt put a huge strain on artists, venues and promoters, who are managing the situation the best way possible during this difficult period.
I’m sure it’s been a stressful and manic few days for everyone involved, including us, and after reviewing the situation and following yesterday’s and today’s government advice, we’ve unfortunately come to a very difficult decision but to stop covering live shows until further notice.
This was no easy decision as live show reviews is one of (and our most popular) core content drivers for Tap The Feed, but the health and safety of our team, contributors and everyone is a top priority, in addition to the stress and workload the venues, PR and promoters are going through right now, therefore we’ve come to this decision.
In terms of remaining live shows we’re covering in March, we will be cancelling passes/guest list with immediate effect. For shows that were previously covered this month and that we’re awaiting pieces for, we will continue to honour the coverage and publish on the website – this is for shows up to the 16th March.
Giving the current situation and our decision going forward, we want to make it clear that it’s still very much business as usual on Tap The Feed, as we’ll continue to provide new music coverage through features, interviews, releases and more!
More importantly, we want to help out those affected by COVID-19, from artists, venues to promoters in anyway we can to support the thriving and creative music scene of Bristol and beyond which has given us so much already.
So as team, we’ve come up with the following offerings to ensure that everyone continues to showcase new music and connect with their fan base and the community over the next few weeks.
Hosting videos and live sessions
As we announced our collaboration with Nowhere Sessions recently, we’re planning to introduce video content in due course. However, in the meantime, we currently have our YouTube page set up and would like to offer artists and bands affected by COVID-19 the opportunity to host their video content on our platform – whether a live session or recording. This will be accompanied with an article feature to publish on the Tap The Feed website.
Interviews and releases
With no live show content coming in, we’ll be making sure that we bring you to a vast range of online features, including interviews and releases reviews. If you would like an interview feature or have a new release you would like to be review, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team and we’ll be sure to arrange coverage on the website for your music.
Free banner advertising
Lastly, for the promoters and venues, who are going through a stressful time right now. With several shows being rescheduled and new dates locked in, we want to extend our support and help promote and push these live dates as much as possible. That’s why we would like to offer free banner advertising to all promoters and venues effected by COVID-19. For more information, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that we’re a small team based in Bristol but anything we can do to help and support the music industry during this difficult time, we’re absolutely there for.
If you have any questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team.
We hope everyone keeps well and safe over the coming weeks.
All the best,
Mustafa, Charly, Lucy, Sam and Stuart