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British Music: Becoming Influenced by Overseas Trends?

Music in Britain became a mainstream phenomenon during the 1960s following the emergence of rock and pop music. Spearheaded by The Beatles, who released their chart-topping single, Hey Jude, in 1968, British music went from strength to strength throughout the following decades. Now, the nation boasts a proud musical heritage. But is there any weight behind the view that British music is increasingly influenced by overseas trends?

A Leading Player Regarding Festivals 

During the 1950s and 1960s, the transition to rock and pop predominantly stemmed from Elvis Presley’s rise in the United States. During the 21st century, the cultural icon continues to be a hit in the United Kingdom, as Elvis remains competitive in the run for the UK’s number spot in the album charts.

Of course, there is no shame in being influenced by The King, and it’s a testament to Britain’s modern-day music scene that the nation is the home to Glastonbury, one of the world’s most popular music festivals. Because of its location in Europe, and through Flightright’s legal tech approach, travellers can call upon the organisation’s frequently updated data records and 99 per cent in-court success rate in the event of flight delays. Under EU Regulation No. 261/2004, air passengers are entitled to a refund or compensation when a flight is cancelled. With clear advice for obtaining compensation and next steps in the event of a cancellation on offer, travellers to the festival can focus on the fun of the five days, instead of flight-related what-ifs.

What Is Flight Cancellation Protection? 

For those flying to Glastonbury within the UK or from another European location, it’s worth gaining an understanding of what is flight cancellation protection. Essentially, this cover safeguards air passengers who check-in for their cancelled or delayed flight on time, attempted to travel within the EU, and encountered an issue within the last six years. If the necessary criteria’s met, then passengers may be entitled to compensation of up to £542, depending on the flight’s distance.  

How to Request Flight Compensation for a Flight Delay? 

One pivotal factor to remember is that there’s a difference between compensation and a refund. Assuming that the traveller isn’t at fault for missing their flight, then compensation is obtainable. Regarding how to request compensation for flight cancellation and delays, a claim’s validity can be checked through Flightright’s compensation calculator. If grounds for a case arise, the matter can then be taken further.

Breaking Down Pre-Existing Barriers 

Regarding Britain’s most-attended festivals, Glastonbury undoubtedly leads the way. According to figures from Statista, in 2019, the event had an audience capacity of 210,000. Moreover, the United Kingdom is a top-four country regarding music market retail value, behind Japan and the United States. 

While there can be no doubts that Elvis influenced mid-20th century trends, there has undoubtedly been a power shift since the turn of the millennium. According to Global Britain, 13.7 per cent of global music consumption in 2014 stemmed from UK-based artists’ work. Furthermore, in the same year, six of the top ten best-selling albums came from British musicians, such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and One Direction. 

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If anything, this market dominance indicates a breakthrough for many UK artists. Historically, they have struggled to succeed in overseas markets, but the above suggests that’s no longer the case. Instead, British musicians are now finding their own unique sounds, as opposed to embracing and being inspired by popular styles. In turn, this showcases that, unlike during the 1650s and 60s, Britain’s now evolving into the influencer. 

The Musical Landscape Has Changed 

Now more than ever, the UK’s music scene has broken free of pre-existing perceptions of being heavily influenced by overseas sounds. Thus far, the 21st century has proved to be a fruitful one, with many artists enjoying both local and global mainstream success. Of course, the country’s roots incorporate overseas styles, but they’re no longer at the forefront.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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