Calvin Harris has hit out at the UK Government, accusing them of ‘treating the music industry like s**t’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
The DJ claims the Government has done little to help the industry during the global health crisis, despite the amount of money it contributes to the country’s economy.
Taking to Instagram to share a picture of a burnt-out nightclub, he wrote: ‘As usual the UK government treating music industry like s**t, contributes 5bn to the economy, generates massive tax revenues for NHS and other public services… besides that, culture is extremely f*****g important.
‘You’ve lost sight of what life is about… you’d rather live in a world of supermarkets and pharmaceutical drugs.’
However, some fans expressed disapproval at Calvin’s statement in the comments, with many quick to point out the image was not taken at a nightclub in the UK.
One wrote: ‘1st pic is from a nightclub fire in Germany or Poland.. f**k all to do with the UK.’
However, Calvin, 36, responded to the fan by stating the photo in question was simply meant to be a ‘metaphorical image’ in order to get his point across.
Another weighed in: ‘1) that’s a burnt nightclub in Germany. Nothing to do with UK govt decision or UK nightlife at all.
‘2) health and public services are WAAAAYYY more important than nightlife. Especially during a PANDEMIC.’
Meanwhile, others defended the Feels hitmaker’s comments, with one writing: ‘Too true mate. Starting to destroy lives now!
‘We are all very worried and we are being left in the corner to rot.’
Another fan couldn’t agree more, as they added: ‘Entire hospitality and late night economy been left out to dry. It’s a shambles.
‘Clubs and bars will start to drop like flies.’
Calvin’s comments come after Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently announced details of the government’s Winter Economy Plan for the next six months.
However, the plan has been met with backlash from the music industry, who argue that the plan does not give enough support to musicians.
In particular, many UK nightclubs feel they’ve been ‘left out in the cold’ by the Government, with no sign of when they could potentially reopen.
The Government previously set up a £1.57 billion fund to save museums, galleries and theatres at risk of closure, with the move being supported by many bodies in the arts industry.
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