The government's refusal to implement an insurance scheme for mass events this year means the festival industry is looking at a "lost summer", according to a Commons report.
Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage has previously ruled out the introduction of such a scheme, claiming it could "pull the rug out from underneath" organisers.
Boomtown Festival, which had previously sold its 66,000 ticket allocation, was cancelled again for this year, citing the lack of COVID-19 insurance as the reason.
However, there is optimism in the industry, with major events such as Reading and Leeds Festival and Isle Of Wight both set to go ahead.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee is now calling on the government to provide such an insurance scheme,saying waiting until after 21 June will be too late.
DCMS committee chair and Conservative MP Julian Knight said: "Music festivals have been treated as the poor relation by the government.
"Despite the huge economic and cultural contribution they make, few have benefited from the Culture Recovery Fund, and without our efforts, the sector would have been left out of the pilot events programme on the safe return of audiences."
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