Ghetts addresses confusion over gig restrictions at Mercury Prize nominations launch
Rapper Ghetts has told Sky News the handling of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions for the music industry "doesn't make sense" and that the government is doing "a terrible job".
The grime star spoke about returning to live music on the red carpet at the Mercury Prize nominations launch as he was named one of 12 musicians and songwriters to be shortlisted for this year's award.
Ghetts is in the running for his third album, Conflict Of Interest, alongside other acts including Celeste, Laura Mvula, Mogwai, and previous winners Wolf Alice.
With venues shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a difficult year for the industry. While lockdown restrictions lifted on Monday, the government announced on the same day that providing proof of double vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and other "crowded venues" from the end of September, with proof of a negative test not accepted.
With rules changing, many artists feel like nothing is certain.
"I'm very much confused," says Ghetts, whose real name is Justin Clarke. "I don't understand how things are being run, …
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