Music Tourism : Wish You Were Here 2017


WISH YOU WERE HERE 2017 report 

Music tourism’s contribution to the UK economy revealed 

Download the full report here.

The report features both national and regional figures and reveals the huge impact of music tourism on the UK economy.

The number of people who enjoyed live music events in the UK rose by 12% in 2016 to 30.9 million – up from 27.7 million in 2015.

Live music fans generated £4 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2016 by flocking to concerts and festivals across the UK – a rise of 11% on the £3.7 billion they spent in 2015.

The total number of music tourists from the UK and abroad increased by 20% in 2016 to 12.5 million, of which 11.6 million were UK citizens visiting live music events in other parts of the UK.

Collating a vast amount of ticketing and other data from hundreds of venues, UK Music annually compiles this unrivaled insight into live music in every region of the UK and its impact on the local economy.

The report includes an introduction by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and will be officially launched at the House of Commons on Wednesday 12th July.

The key findings of the report include:

– 30.9 million – total audience that attended live music events in the UK
– 3.9 million – total festival attendance in the UK
– 27 million – total concert attendance in the UK
– 18.4 million local residents attended local music events in the UK

– £4 billion total spend generated by music tourism in the UK
– 12.5 million music tourists in 2016
– £656 million box office spend on tickets by music tourists in 2016
– 40% of live music audiences are music tourists
– 47,445 full-time jobs sustained by music tourism
– £850 average spend by overseas music tourists in the UK
– £150 average spend by domestic music tourists in the UK

– 6.2 million total audiences at small music venues
– 1.67 million tourist visits to small venues
– £367 million total spend generated by music tourists visiting small venues

To download the methodology used for the report click here



The MPA joins Operation Creative in the fight against online digital piracy


The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has welcomed the Music Publishers Association (MPA) as its seventh partner to join Operation Creative, an initiative designed to disrupt and prevent websites from providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content.

The MPA has joined existing partners the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) the Federation Against Copyright (FACT), The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) the Publishers Association (PA), PRS for music and the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE).

Operation Creative was launched in April 2014 as a unique partnership between the City of London Police and the UK advertising industry. It aims to disrupt criminal profits which are generated from websites providing access to stolen and infringing content such as music, films, books and games. It also protects the creative industry which is understood to support approximately 1.7 million jobs in the UK and account for over 5% of the UK economy.

The initiative continues to drive the world’s first online portal, the Infringing Website List (IWL), which contains an up to date list of copyright infringing websites which are evidenced by the creative industries and verified by PIPCU.

To date 1,150 infringing websites have been captured on the IWL and this portal remains a vital tool in sharing information and naming blacklisted sites amongst the partnership.

The head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, Peter Ratcliffe, said: “I am pleased to welcome the Music Publishers Association to the Operation Creative initiative. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is committed to reducing the impact of intellectual property crime on the UK’s creative industries and in Creative we have a wonderful tool to disrupt the infringers’ revenue streams and hit them where it hurts them the most.

“I would also like to thank all the existing partners who have helped to make Creative a success. We are entering a new phase in the operation and the widening of Operation Creative’s membership can only serve to make it stronger.”

Claire McAuley, General Manager, Music Publishers Association, said: “The MPA’s partnership in Operation Creative will strengthen and elevate our involvement in combating piracy, in particular with regards to sheet music, which is unique to the music publishing industry. We are excited to be joining the partners and look forward to working with them in our collective fight against online music piracy.”


City of London Police: Sophia Nicola / / +44 (0)20 7601 2160

The MPA: Jen Hall / / +44 (0)20 3741 3808