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Musicians, venues and gig goers can finally see light at the end of the tunnel after the announcement of the UK’s Covid ‘roadmap’.
June 21st could be the day a whole industry has been eagerly waiting for with the possibility of gigs, nightclubs and large live events making a return.
It’s a date which many musicians will have circled in their diaries including Josh Walker, 27, Guitarist for Chesterfield rock band Yesterday’s Gone.
He said: “I am very excited to get back to gigging. It’s probably the longest I’ve gone without performing live, which has been tough because performing live is massive part of my self-expression. So to have that taken away is like have a part of your personality suppressed. I think myself and other musicians will have a different outlook and won’t take it for granted once we can get back out there.”
Josh, like many other musicians has not been able to perform to a crowd for a year. But despite the last 12 months his band, Yesterday’s Gone, are looking forward to the summer and the shows they have booked in later this year.
Josh said: “A year of no gigs has been tough to swallow as my band were really finding out feet and starting to branch out to other cities and towns to grow a following. We were also becoming very tight as a group of performers as well as perfecting our stage show.
“I have missed rehearsing with my band the most. Admittedly it’s been nice to have all this time to write as I’ve come up with ideas but it is frustrating not being able to get together with the band to turn them into full songs.”
It was reported that the restrictions had cost the music industry over £3billion, with many of the grass roots venues that the hard rock band play being the most vulnerable.
Despite the restrictions the band have remained busy, recording their second EP since forming in 2019, which is set to be release in the coming months after their debut single ‘Greed’ gaining over 6000 steams.
With the possibility of returning to the stage, the year is looking promising for Josh and his band with a very active festival season, including Sheffield’s Rockin’ the Bowl.
Having performed on multiple virtual festivals in the last year. Josh hopes that the virtual stages will become real ones sooner rather than later.