Mick Jagger says Brexit is ‘not a success’ for UK touring industry: ‘It’s a nightmare’

Mick Jagger has said Brexit has been a “nightmare” for the music touring industry.

Since 2016 there has been much talk about the impact that leaving the EU will have on artists who want to tour Europe.

These included obstacles in obtaining visas and work permits in the EU, as well as transporting equipment across borders and other issues faced by artists coming to the UK to perform.

In a new interview, Jagger, 78, spoke about the struggles of the UK ‘isolating’ itself for musicians through Brexit.

“There are many supply chain issues,” he said The Sunday Times. “Many bottlenecks, many problems because of Brexit. Brexit was not a success for the British touring industry.”

Jagger continued, “I’m not saying, ‘Well, we have to rejoin the EU.’ Unfortunately, that’s all in the past. But from personal experience and from talking to friends who are in other companies, it’s not a success, it’s a nightmare.

“We’ve isolated ourselves, and that sounds good to some, but it’s more of an ideology than a practicality.”

Jagger on stage in Texas in November

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In October, the Society of Musicians warned that many tours would be “unprofitable” for artists post-Brexit, with its poll showing that 42 per cent of artists would consider leaving the UK to salvage their careers.

In 2017, Jagger released two songs critical of Brexit entitled “England Lost” and “Gotta Get A Grip”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jagger shrugged off comparisons between himself and Harry Styles, saying there was only a “superficial resemblance” between them.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/mick-jagger-brexit-tour-rolling-stones-b2084572.html Mick Jagger says Brexit is ‘not a success’ for UK touring industry: ‘It’s a nightmare’

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