Great news for electronic music artists; the Spanish government and UK music industry have decided to take a U-turn on the requirement for short-term touring visas for artists post-Brexit.
While the change means that the maximum term allowed for tours without a visa sits at 90 days, it still offers the potential for a much-needed economic boost for the region and artists themselves.
The policy change comes after a long period of back and forth lobbying between trade groups on both sides of the ordeal; for over a year, UK Music and industry representatives have debated the fallout of the UK breaking away from the EU.
While some issues remain regarding logistics and merchandising, it does mean that Spain – holder of one of the largest international markets for touring artists – can begin to pump more lifeblood into Ibiza – which is hailed by many as the heart for electronic music in the region.
Speaking to The Guardian, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, UK Music chief executive, said: “The lifting of visa restrictions by the Spanish government is a hugely welcome move,” adding: “However, it is important to remember that major issues still remain, particularly cabotage [the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a foreign operator], which makes many tours impossible.”
He also called the policy change a “big victory,” adding: “It is vital for our economy and exports that musicians and crew can tour freely, grow their fanbase and share the very best of British music across Europe and the rest of the world.”