Feargal Sharkey
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Live music boost for UK economy

Music events bring an estimated £864m to the UK economy every year, according to figures from trade group UK Music.

Almost eight million people go to music events in the UK every year, with that appetite being fed by dozens of new festivals.

Among them are an increasing number of "music tourists", people who travel to the UK specifically for particular events such as Glastonbury.

Former Undertones singer, now chief of UK Music, Feargal Sharkey told the BBC a government survey had put music fourth among the reasons tourists came to the UK.

  • 16 May 2011